This group must ONLY be used to alert fellow residents and Mamba about a current crime or suspicious activity in our suburb – Edenglen South.
Telling residents about something that happened yesterday or further back in the past or informing about issues in other suburbs reduces the effectiveness of this group.  The purpose of this group is to alert everyone about an immediate danger in our suburb.
If you hear about crime trends or incidents in other suburbs rather email us.  We will make sure that everyone, including Mamba (who have several members of staff on our email distribution list) become informed.
It looks like we were a bit premature in praising our discipline around the use of the Crime Alert Group. Unfortunately, on Friday, some residents had a debate on the group.  Over 30 messages were posted and very few related to any current crime situation in our our suburb.
The net result was that 8 residents left the group. That’s 8 less families that get to be informed about any potentially dangerous situations and that’s 8 less people who will be alerting us about any crime issues.  All this does is divide and weaken us and make things easier for the crooks.   This is a result that nobody should be pleased or proud about.
The next day someone posts about having a great day and then someone else leaves the group.  This is not a good result for us and adds a lot of unproductive time for Mamba staff to go through these messages and try to pick out if there are any genuine crime alerts.  If it carries on like this then we will become further divided and people will stop paying any attention to messages posted on our group.  We don’t believe that anyone wants to weaken our ability to fight crime but we need to use this group only for what it is intended.
Please can everyone learn to send private messages on Whatsap?  This will allow interested parties  to continue to discuss issues under different forums.  Private messaging is simple to do – press and hold a message until it highlights, then press the menu button (3 vertical dots top right of screen) then press the message option.
We don’t disagree that the topic is important but it should be discussed on the appropriate forum.  Quintin has set up a Whatsapp group to discuss the schools and the drug problems.  The group can be joined using the following link –
Joining this group is voluntary.  Our emails go to some staff at the schools so they are also invite  to join.  Who knows, something good and practical could come from this group discussion.  We won’t know unless we try.  Quintin – thanks for setting up this group and hosting the discussion and freeing up the Crime Alert Group for the exclusive reporting of crime.
If anyone else creates any community groups then let us know, we are happy to distribute the links that will allow people to join the groups.  Lets not have too many groups – perhaps a general community group would be the best way to go.
We also have our discussion forum that was recently used to discuss the issues related to Palliser Park.  Residents are welcome to post any issues on the blog site (see below) on any topic.

Remember to always maintain a high level of awareness, especially when you are leaving or entering your home/driveway.  Please tell your family and domestic workers to also be on the lookout.  Report all suspicious behaviour to Mamba control room (tel number below) and warn the residents using @ESRCAlert.
Regards,
Derek
On behalf of the Edenglen South Road Closure Committee
Committee: Kim Johnson, Des Kelly, Derek Gowans, Dave Lones, James Taylor.
Emergency – Mamba (011 609 0227)
SAPS Sector 3 vehicle 071 675 6844/5
Mamba Whatsapp Security Group – to join contact Mamba or SMS your name and address to 083 300 2975.
Twitter – report any suspicious activity or crime in progress to all residents of our suburb by including the word @ESRCAlert in your twitter message.  Make sure you are following @ESRCAlert to immediately receive any crime related messages.
www.edenglensouthclosure.co.za – Our official web site, all past newsletters are posted here.
www.edenglensrc.blogspot.com – Community notice board. Do not post crime reports or closure operational issues here rather use our email for this.