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Diepsloot residents, police fight crime

Tuesday 11 March 2014 06:14
Diepsloot north of Johannesburg .(SABC)

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The fight against crime in Diepsloot north of Johannesburg has received a boost with the launch of a personal safety alarm. The device called Memeza or Shout can be used to deter intruders from gaining unlawful entry into a potential victim’s house.

Diepsloot has a serious crime problem. Last year October, two toddlers were raped and murdered and their bodies dumped in a communal toilet.

Memeza is a compact, colorful personal alarm that makes this sound each time you pull a pin attached to a strap from this device. About 2 000 of these devices were handed out to residents as a start.

Honeydew area Police Cluster commander, Oswald Reddy, says the device will help mobilise the community.

“When you use it out there anyone associated with the police will know this is a cry for help,” says Reddy.

He cautioned against people taking the law into their hands but asked that they report the apprehended suspects to police. Reddy also appealed to residents not to misuse or abuse

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