Zero tolerance approach

2016-06-07 06:00
Police and security personnel, who were part of the operation in Chichester Road in Kenilworth, maintain control at the check point on Friday. PHOTO: GARY VAN DYK

Police and security personnel, who were part of the operation in Chichester Road in Kenilworth, maintain control at the check point on Friday. PHOTO: GARY VAN DYK

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The importance of a community working together to fight crime became a reality with an exercise in Kenilworth and Newlands last week.

On Friday 3 June representatives from the police, HarLyn Neighbourhood Watch, Princeton Security, ADT Security and the Claremont Improvement District took to the streets with a vehicle check point, first in Chichester Road in Kenilworth and then in Newlands’ Main Road.

The Wynberg Cluster commander, Brigadier Aaron Mlenga, says this exercise is part of an ongoing strategy to address crime.

“This high density crime prevention operation is not only to root out criminal elements in the area but also make people aware that any unlawful behaviour will not be tolerated. The partnerships are also very important because it makes people aware that there are eyes out there watching out for safety in the community.”

At the first check point in Chichester Road the zero tolerance policy started with vehicles being stopped for various traffic violations and the first “customers” were quick to be caught.

Some had multiple violations including a driver with an expired disc as well as driving without his licence and a number of outstanding fines.

During the exercise 71 vehicles were stopped and searched with 21 people being searched and fines to the value of R10 000 were issued.

Jade Hanning, ADT Security’s district manager (Cape Town South), also believes operations are important.

“Visible enforcement operations such as this show the strength and effectiveness of partnerships when it comes to law enforcement,” she says.

“It also sends the message to criminals that there is a network of law enforcement, community watches and security companies that will do everything needed to place them behind bars.”

The HarLyn Neighbourhood Watch is a partnership between the police, the Community Policing Forum, Residents’ Association and ADT Security.

It covers an area that covers Harfield Village, Lynfrae, Claremont Village and Belvedere East Civic Association.

Resident Phillip van Breda passed by the check point and praised the police and their partners for the exercise.

“We need to see this on a regular basis and they should also work on making people aware of how they can play a part in maintaining safety in their neighbourhoods.

“People like to complain about these type of services when they become the victims but they must learn to be proactive in fighting crime. This type of operation shows that the police and all these security people are serious about keeping us safe.”

Mlenga thanked the officers and all the partners who took part in the operation.

“I commend all of you who are making a difference and thank you for your dedication and commitment in the fight against crime.”

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