In 2007 I had the privilege of being part of the launch of the Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch in my suburb called Roodekrans in Roodepoort, in the west rand of Johannesburg. It became a success story in community policing, so much so that within three years it attracted more than a 1000 members to become one of the five largest community policing forums in the country. In essence, we adopted a talent management approach in drawing on the strengths of the member of our community – the lawyers, doctors, engineers, accountants, technicians, teachers, managers and a range of other professions and occupations. In fact, I used my human resource (HR) knowledge and skills to engage and mobilise the community against crime. Now, eleven years later, I thought of sharing some of our holiday safety guidelines with the readers of the SABPP Blog to ensure a safe and peaceful holiday this December.
After a hard year at work, you need to rest and have real peace of mind, but you can only do so if you are safe. First get your house safe, and then be safe with your family members and friends at your holiday place. Have a safe holiday and end 2018 on a high note. Enjoy the holiday!
Marius Meyer is Chairperson of the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP) and he lectures in HR Management at Stellenbosch University.
An earlier version of this article was published in Crime Lines, Roodepoort Record and HR Voice. The full case study was published in the scientific journal, Acta Criminologica: The Southern African Journal of Criminology in 2011 co-authored by Marius Meyer (SABPP) and Johan van Graan (UNISA). For more information about the Roodekrans Neighbourhood Watch, visit www.roodekranswatch.com