Shun shebeens, urge Mountain Rise police

2012-09-07 00:00

MOUNTAIN Rise police have urged community members there to stop supporting unlicensed taverns to help reduce crime.

In recent weeks, the Mountain Rise community has been complaining about crime levels.

Brigadier Francis Bantham, Mountain Rise station commander, said yesterday police visibility had been improved and she appealed to the community to work with the police.

Community members are also assessing the viability of having boom gates around certain areas.

Bantham said: “We encourage a partnership between the police and the community. Fighting crime will never just be a police matter — the community needs to get involved too.

“People must stop buying stolen goods; they must be our eyes and report anything that looks suspicious in their communities.”

Bantham said she believed that most of the crimes were drug-and alcohol-related.

She noted that the drugs were mostly used and sold by unemployed people, a matter of concern to her.

There was a drug bust in Mountain Rise on Wednesday, which led to the discovery of Mandrax and rock cocaine valued jointly at R5 000.

Last month, 137 drug-related arrests were made.

Another concern is unlicensed liquor outlets that Bantham believes are part of the problem. She said people needed to stop buying from these outlets.

Bantham has been engaging community members at community crime meetings to hear their concerns and to come up with possible solutions.

She said the value of relationship between the community and the police could not be overemphasised.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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