Colette Weilbach, Brooklyn SAPS’ spokesperson, told the Pretoria East Rekord, “For many years, informal car guards in the congested parking areas in Hatfield and surroundings of the university were seen as an irritation and a crime contributor.” Now these car guards are the eyes and ears of the police. Weilbach told eNCA: “They must be able to not only to tell us it was a white car with two men, they are trained to tell us it was a Toyota, this is the number plate, (the) front bumper has a bump, the way a suspect dresses, did they pick up the language they spoke, scars (or) anything that can help with solving the case.”

Due to this programme’s success, it will be implemented in other precincts in Pretoria.