Combined forces fight crime

2017-09-05 06:00
Hillcrest SAPS, Blue, Thorburn, Enforce and Ensure security companies, and SA Community Crime Watch fight crime in the Upper Highway area together.Photo: Kalisha Naicker

Hillcrest SAPS, Blue, Thorburn, Enforce and Ensure security companies, and SA Community Crime Watch fight crime in the Upper Highway area together.Photo: Kalisha Naicker

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THE Hillcrest SAPS with Enforce, Blue, Thorburn and Ensure security companies as well as SA Community Crime watch held a blitz operation in and around Hillcrest on Friday to show visible policing at crime hot spots and malls.

Station commander Colonel Z Mabaso and Colonel G Joseph of Hillcrest SAPS briefed the assembly on the crime statistics and which areas will be patrolled.

The men and women in blue and security officers paraded at the malls and drove in convoy around the Upper Highway policing district. Stop and searches were also conducted and arrests were made. Corné Broodryk of Blue Security was pleased that the Blue team was part of this project.
“There is a rise in businesses and domestic crime across our communities and something needed to be done. This demonstration of force shows criminals we are don’t take crime lightly. We are standing together to protect communities and businesses,” he said.

Nikki Mohlmann of Enforce said it is wonderful to see SAPS and security companies working hand in hand to keep the community safe.
“SAPS has always had minimal resources, and if we add to the resources of the security companies, we definitely will be a force to reckon with.

“We are combining forces to reduce crime,” said Mohlmann.

Derek More from Ensure Security said his team is 100% behind the police to reduce crime in the area.

“SAPS had a discussion with all security companies about a joint operation with the police, and I am glad to see this has finally come together. I am sure with such a force the crime levels in the community will no doubt decrease.”

Shane Singh of Thorburn said this crime blitz is to keep the neighbouring community safe and sound. 
“I hope that other security companies, who are not already a part of this project, come on board as well so we can drive out all criminal elements from the Upper Highway area.”

SA Community Crime Watch founder Steven King said he is extremely proud of how law enforcement and private security companies came together to tackle crime head on in the Upper Highway Area.

“It has been a long time coming and deserves the support of our community and citizens. We are all living in one community and we are not immune to crime - we need to stand up and take back that which belongs to us.

“We had great success on our first campaign with three arrests. One suspect was tracked down by the combined action response team and arrested. This came after a message was received of a house breaking in progress in Nqutu Road. The team jumped into action and a net was thrown around the area.

“A blood spoor was followed and the Shongweni K9 Unit was called in. The suspect was eventually arrested after being spotted by reservist Odi Versveld. The suspect had injured himself when he kicked in a glass pane to gain entrance to the property. He was treated by ER24 and taken to hospital under police guard.

“The second suspect was arrested for house breaking in Waterfall where he was identified by the victim after the unit swooped on the open patch next to the health department on Link Road.
“The third arrest came when a man was found in possession of quite a large amount of dagga. He was arrested and charged. All suspects will appear in court. We would like to ask the community and business to support our initiative to make our Upper Highway area a safer place where we can all live in harmony.”

Should you want to contribute towards the crime fighting initiative, email King on Kzn@saccw.org

 

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