Fighting crime in Ramsgate

Professor Olliver Ransome.

RAMSGATE residents are looking to form a ‘Special Rating Area’ in a bid to fight a ‘frightening’ increase in crime.

If more than 51 percent of Ramsgate residents agree, municipal rates in the suburb will be increased by R45 and the money used to fund more police reservists and enhance security.

The Ramsgate Community Policing Forum and the Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association have sent out more than 2 000 emails and 813 registered letters to property owners to get the necessary support for the plan.

Professor Olliver Ransome, who heads this initiative, said that burglaries in Ramsgate had risen from about eight a month to between six and eight a week.

“Added to this, just two weeks ago, we had a theft-related murder in our community. It is time residents took the fight to the perpetrators,” he said.

Ramsgate Crime Prevention Forum said there had been 16 incidents reported in Ramsgate during the last week alone.

There were burglaries and theft in Ridge, Appledore, Perch, Shad and Ray Roads and in Buck Drive and Shirley Avenue.

Prof Ransome said they received wonderful co-operation from the Margate police.

However, the police were unable to supply the proactive crime prevention measures that had been so successful in Southbroom and Marina Beach, both of which had established Special Rating Areas.

The municipality collected the money and handed it over to a Section 21 Company to be used for the purposes defined in the draft budget. In the case of Ramsgate, this was to ensure crime prevention was properly funded and resourced.

He appealed to all who had received emails or registered letters to respond.

For more information, contact Prof Ransome at [email protected] or 073 839 2531.

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