A larger police contingent is needed in crime-stricken areas of Cape Town, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) said on Thursday.
Spokesman Velaphi Ndlovu said not a day went by without a housebreaking or fatal stabbing in Khayelitsha and the Cape Flats.
Residents feared for their children's safety, and even answering a cellphone call in public carried the risk of the phone being stolen.
"The Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa must send more police officers into these areas. The residents have now lost all faith in the police and there seems to be no solution in sight."
The IFP called on residents to play their part by reporting criminals to police and working closely with community policing forums.
It also called for residents to receive and carry whistles, to "inform others if there is a crime taking place".
Mthethwa's spokesman Zweli Mnisi was not immediately available to comment.