Mobile unit cuts crime

2016-05-17 06:00
Pictured are, from left, Waseem Hamid (Lanroe neighbourhood watch), Constable Michael Constable (Lansdowne police), Rafique Foflonker (Lansdowne CPF chairperson) standing at the mobile unit.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

Pictured are, from left, Waseem Hamid (Lanroe neighbourhood watch), Constable Michael Constable (Lansdowne police), Rafique Foflonker (Lansdowne CPF chairperson) standing at the mobile unit. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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With six arrests made early on Saturday morning, residents couldn’t be happier with the mobile police unit stationed at Lansdowne train station.

The mobile unit was set up at just opposite the train station on Saturday morning ensuring visibility in the identified crime hot spot. Residents and especially commuters were very happy with the unit which was in place until late afternoon.

Sector policing Constable Michael Constable from Lansdowne Police Station confirms the unit made six arrests after receiving a tip-off of an attempted robbery at the station.

“Today (Saturday) we found that this unit has brought big results because even the trading in the area has slowed down with regard to illegal activity. We made six arrests this morning after receiving information, monitoring the situation and then making the arrests,” Constable says.

He also confirms the mobile unit is a new venture for the precinct after the area was identified as a hotspot.

“The area was identified as a hotspot after numerous complaints and cases were reported at the station. The area is known for informal trading, drug peddling as well as robberies. Having this unit stationed here for just a day for now is definitely a start for crime combatting in the precinct,” Constable says.

Lansdowne community police forum chairperson Rafique Foflonker says they want residents and commuters to ask for more of these mobile community service centre initiatives.

“We are encouraging them to ask for more of this to be done in our area. The mobile unit that was used on Saturday was borrowed from Philippi and we really need our own so we want our residents to ask this for the Lansdowne precinct and they can do so by writing to the police station,” Foflonker says.

He adds the mobile unit was deployed after Lansdowne station commander Colonel Herman Seals responded to the pleas of the community.

Foflonker adds the area around the train station was more peaceful on Saturday.

“The people who shop around here also came to us to tell us that the atmosphere was more pleasant and peaceful. So this has definitely brought some good results,” Foflonker says.

The mobile unit was manned by three police officers, three reservist officers as well as support from neighbouhood watches in the Lansdowne precinct.

“We must really commend all our neighbourhood watches for the work they do in the area as well because when we call they are always there to assist. They are doing an amazing job,” Constable says.

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