During the holiday season our anxiety about security increases because it is known that the criminals are more active at this time of year. Although, having said that, most of us have to be cautious at all times of the year. Family of Hope Services, for instance, was robbed three times in 2015 — once in February when they stole all of our food, school uniforms, computer equipment, cooking gas and furniture not to mention the cost of replacing the doors they broke; again in August when they stole a computer and the food; and then again two weeks ago when 14 chairs were taken from our centre in Havana. You have to ask yourself what kind of people steal from children who have nothing, and from a charity that works on a shoe string with donated equipment? Yet we are fortunate to have a donor who recently paid for a good alarm system and cameras throughout our property so that the criminals will be caught next time they try to break-in. But that doesn’t solve the problem of crime that touches everyone here. So what do we do in Katutura?
Johannes David, who is the President of the Women and Men’s Network in Katutura, believes it is incumbent upon all of us to work together to tackle the situation. Johannes said that people complain about the police not helping them, yet the police can’t see what is going on everywhere in Katutura and so the community needs to fight crime together with the police. That is the premise behind the Women and Men’s Network which was established in 2012 through the Moses Garoeb Constituency Office of Councillor David Martin, and under the direction of Police Warrant-Officer Christine Fonsech who successfully launched a similar approach in the north.