‘Safety in numbers’

2017-09-26 06:01

Steenberg police spokesperson, Warrant Officer John Bartlett, says even though the gang violence has subsided in their policing precinct, members of the community are requested to still be vigilant.

Bartlett says community members must take into account a few things that makes police service delivery swifter.

“As clichéd as it might sound, there is safety in numbers. We are requesting residents to always walk to and from work with someone else or in groups,” he says.

Bartlett says homeowners are encouraged to place their house number in such a way that it is visible from the street.

“Police officers and other Law Enforcement agencies find it difficult to respond swiftly because they must first look for the house number. The community is requested to assist officers by making sure that their house numbers are visible and clearly marked,” he says.

Theft of black wheelie bins has escalated in the area and Bartlett says people are encouraged to clearly mark their bins with a street name and number.

Bartlett adds that police officials come under attack of the community when they do raids on drug outlets and illegal shebeens.

“The community is requested to refrain from this and rather report inappropriate behaviour by police officers.

“The interfering of the community in the duties of police officials constitutes a criminal offence. Allow the police to do their duty,” he says.

To report inappropriate behaviour by police, call acting station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Adriaan Saulse, on 082 469 2518

V Anyone with information about any criminal activities is urged to contact Steenberg Police Station on 021 702 9000.

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