Community policing outreach for a safer Deal Party area

2016-09-14 06:00
Members of the SA police and ADT security during the campaign in Deal Party to encourage community policing in a effort to curb crime in the area.                               Photo: SUPPLIED

Members of the SA police and ADT security during the campaign in Deal Party to encourage community policing in a effort to curb crime in the area. Photo: SUPPLIED

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MEMBERS of the SAPS and local private security companies joined forces for a visible policing event recently, in a move they hope will encourage local businesses and residents to support community policing efforts.

Joint roadblocks were set up on major roadways leading into the Deal Party area on August 26, and were manned by members of the SAPS’s Air-wing, Mounted, and Vehicle Identification and Safeguarding Services Units. They were supported by armed response officers from ADT Security.

“We hoped this show of force would send a message to criminals that law enforcement and security role players were watching them, and that local business owners would also become involved in uniting with us in the fight against crime,” said Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg, media liaison for Mount Road SAPS.

The joint exercise was arranged after a request from Deal Party Sector Policing to address the increase of criminal activity in the area. These activities include hijacking, armed robberies, and business robberies, as well as house burglaries.

“The increase in these activities called for action from the role players and a show of force was conducted as a result,” said Shawn Swiegelaar, ADT’s Community Development Manager in Port Elizabeth.

“ADT is delighted to have been involved in this initiative as we believe that one of the main solutions to counter criminal activity is community involvement and collaboration among all stakeholders.

“This is a clear indication of the teamwork and synergy that exist among all the role players and we are satisfied with the impact which it made in the area,” said Swiegelaar.

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