Clamp down on shebeens, crime

2016-09-13 06:00

A total of 213 suspects have been arrested for drug related crimes the past week in the Mitchell’s Plain cluster of police stations.

Altogether 81 houses were searched for drugs after they were identified by the community as problematic homes.

Intensive patrolsAccording to Sergeant Zita Norman, spokesperson for Athlone police, officers in the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster are constantly clamping down on criminals.

She says intensive patrols, “stop and searching’’ of suspicious people and regular raiding of houses – especially of those identified as targets contributing to the high crime rate for illegal guns, drugs, stolen goods, wanted suspects and shebeens – are the order of the day.

One operation was held at the taxi rank which resulted in 37 fines issued to the tune of R33 900. Police also clamped down on 12 shebeens with four arrests made with 346F of liquor being confiscated. Twenty second-hand dealers were visited and one counterfeit goods operation was conducted. The detective branches of the Mitchell’s Plain Cluster had 19 tracing operations and 48 wanted suspects were arrested while 849 Spaza shops were visited. One firearm was confiscated which led to one arrest.

Nine people were arrested in reaction to 53 cases of violence against women and children reported.

“The cluster commander of Mitchell’s Plain, Major-General Gregory Goss, commended the officers for their dedication towards fighting crime,” says Norman.

Dedicated officers“Major-General Goss also mentioned that officers under his command remain dedicated and positive and will continue building their trust in the communities and working together towards a safer environment. Committed police officers as well as community members have his full support in structural measures to reduce crime,” Norman states.

She urges residents to join the community structures in their respective neighbourhoods.

V Anyone with information can call CrimeStop on 08600 10111 or their local police station. All information will be treated as highly confidential.

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