Crime pushes residents to close Jansen Park
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Crime pushes residents to close Jansen Park

Jansen Park residents propose fencing the area for greater security.

Residents believe the fence could help monitor traffic and thus reduce crime.

Speaking to the Boksburg Advertiser, Ettiene Oberholzer, a committee member of the Jansen Park Residents’ Association (JPRA), about the proposed fence, said residents have been talking about fencing the area for several years because crimes such as burglary and robbery are a problem.

“I was a victim of crime a few years ago. In 2016, a man tried to break into my house on Edgar Road and attacked me and my mother with an axe,” he said.

Oberholzer said the goal of the JPRA is to surround the neighborhood with fully restored boundary walls, a secured and security-monitored vehicle entrance and identified and secured pedestrian entry/exit points.

“This will keep residents safe and protected from criminal activities,” he said.

The detailed proposal is as follows:
• Edgar Road: Complete closure, no access. Gates can be opened in emergencies.
• Jacobs Street: Complete closure, no access. Gates can be opened in emergencies.
• Intersection of O’Hare and Rigg Streets: Closure at O’Hare with a controlled pedestrian gate that will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. for pedestrians/workers and nursing home residents.
• Rigg Street: There will be an armed and controlled vehicular access point halfway through the road, equipped with appropriate security systems and cameras.
• Olivia Road at the footbridge: The pedestrian gate will be open from 6am to 6pm. This will be a controlled pedestrian access point with appropriate security and cameras.
• Corner of Edgar Road and Vickers Street: The pedestrian gate will be open from 6am to 6pm. This will be a monitored pedestrian access point with appropriate security and cameras.

A commission member said they already have preliminary approval from the metro to go ahead with their plans. He also said hundreds of residents have already signed legal consent forms for the fence.

“We also have the support of a day hospital and a nursing home in the area, as well as other businesses. Once we have signed enough consent forms, we will approach the relevant stakeholders to make a final decision.

“We did the research and took everything into account, like traffic and fire hydrants,” he said.

Oberholzer said membership would be open to all residents or homeowners on Rietfontein Road, Edgar Road, O’Hare Street, Moore Street, Jacobs Street, Ernst Street, Pellisier Street, Melman Street, President Street, Rigg Street, Vickers Street, Olivia Road, Sydney Road in the Jansen Park suburb, regardless of legal status.

“The fence will cost money, so we will need community members to contribute, perhaps monthly, to this initiative. Residents and stakeholders can donate to the project at their discretion, whether they sign the consent form or not,” he said.

Jansen Park resident Elizabeth van Eck said converting Jansen Park into a gated, guarded community could improve safety and strengthen a sense of community among residents.

“I think it’s a great idea and I think it will work. It can create a safe environment where families feel safe using parks and amenities, while also promoting a close-knit neighborhood atmosphere where neighbors can easily connect and support each other,” she said.

Melanie van Niekerk, also a resident of the city, also supports fencing the area.

“There are a lot of feet in the area and crime has been high for several years. The fence will also help make the community safer for children,” she said.
Another resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said she supports fencing the area.

“I think they should lift the barriers completely for about 30 minutes during morning and evening rush hours.”

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