Silly season stretches cops

2017-01-24 06:01

An influx of day visitors to Sea Point and numerous events have resulted in an increase in crime over the holiday period, police say.

The crime category of theft showed the most reported crime incidents, Sea Point police spokesperson Captain Elizabeth Munro says.

Sea Point Community Policing Forum chairperson Heather Tager also noted a “slight increase” in crime in the area, which she ascribes to “the volume of visitors as well as the events taking place”.

Tager says she is also concerned about an increase in theft of cars and robberies, as well as a murder that occurred and house robberies which were carried out while residents were at home.

However, the area did see a decrease in housebreakings, theft out of cars, assaults and fraud, says Munro.

This is thanks to a partnership with other law enforcement agencies, she says.

“A venue operational centre was established for the beachfront area with police, Metro Police and Law Enforcement involved. This was operational daily from 10:00 to 18:00.

“A focused operation plan was drafted to ensure additional resources were deployed, which included office staff and officers called to perform overtime duties on identified problematic days or areas,” she says.

The partnership also saw a crackdown on crime on beaches, says Tager.

“Law Enforcement did a sterling job confiscating alcohol on the beaches. This is still a problem and if not addressed can lead to assaults and even drowning.

“This is the time of the year that most people like to be with their families and enjoy the festive spirit and I would like to thank all the different agencies and volunteers who sacrificed their time and assisted over this period as the police is not a one-man show and cannot fight crime alone,” she says.

“It is imperative that everyone joins hands – whether it is with volunteering in some way or giving information. If everyone ‘chips in’ it will make a world of difference.”

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