Joint operation yield results

2015-12-17 06:00
Verulam SAPS, Metro police and Reaction Unit South Africa hold a stop and search operation in the Verulam CBD.  Photo: supplied

Verulam SAPS, Metro police and Reaction Unit South Africa hold a stop and search operation in the Verulam CBD. Photo: supplied

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THE festive season crime fighting operations have started showing results with 24 arrests in the Verulam CBD at the weekend for drug possession, robbery and possession of deadly weapons.

The operation has been boosted with man power through joint operations with police and private security companies that are aiding law enforcement to create a safer environment in the Verulam CBD and surrounding areas.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Mark Prakasim said the 24 arrests are indicative of the efforts being made to combat crime in the community and the partnership is going to be ongoing with police welcoming organisations to help in their efforts of creating a crime free society.

“In the recent operation we had police and security company members patrolling the streets in the Verulam CBD and conducting stop and searches,” said Prakasim.

“This resulted in the arrest of these suspects and we will be holding these on an ongoing basis randomly in the CBD and in the suburbs.”

Prakasim said security companies partnering with police are an integral part of their plans to combat crime especially over the festive period.

Prakasim said Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) have already played an important role in their partnership for the festive season and are assisting police with paramedics and a helicopter to monitor the community.

Through the partnership, two hijackers were arrested while an armed robber was also nabbed during the stop and searches.

“No crime will be tolerated this festive season and we have increased our manpower with the help of Rusa so there will be visibility throughout the community at all times,” said Prakasim.

“We will also be holding constant road blocks with the Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) and Metro Police in all areas so nobody breaking the law will be able to evade punishment.”

Prakasim said no bail will be granted for people driving under the influence of alcohol over the festive period.

“We are also urging people to be vigilant, report suspicious activity and to be cautious of their surroundings when entering or leaving their homes especially at night so they can avoid hijackings,” said Prakasim.

Prakasim said police are welcoming anyone else who wishes to partner with the police during the festive period or lend assistance to contact him on 082 469 7112.

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