Tip-offs really help curb crime, says City

2016-01-26 06:00

Enforcement agencies continue to make inroads in the fight against crime, thanks to an ever-increasing pool of intelligence, including community tip-offs.

This according to JP Smith, mayoral committee member for safety and security.

After their mid-week successes in Lavender Hill, which included the recovery of a Glock pistol, mandrax tablets with a street value of more than R80 000, and four arrests, the metro police department received another tip-off on Saturday and arrested a suspect for possession of a 9mm pistol and five rounds of ammunition.

They also confiscated 30 parcels of dagga and arrested two suspects after pulling over their car on Military Road.

“We have definitely noticed an increase in the number of people who have come forward with information. In many cases, the information has resulted in confiscations, but also arrests,” Smith says.

He says a critical factor here is that the informants are seeing their tip-offs result in positive action, which is, he believes, why more information is being fed through.

“This type of partnership is crucial to ensuring safer communities,” he says.

Other weekend successes for the metro police included 13 other drug-related arrests, 20 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol, and five arrests on various charges, including outstanding warrants and possession of counterfeit goods.

The City’s traffic service arrested 34 suspects during various operations over the weekend and issued 3436 fines.

“From our side, we have made a great effort to develop the capacity and skills to drive an intelligence-led approach to our policing efforts, especially relating to crimes involving drugs and gangs,” Smith says.

This has culminated in the recruitment of investigators and analysts for the special investigations unit in the City, as well as the metro police gang and drug task team.

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