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CT police stations get special attention

2012-06-30 09:05

Cape Town - Twenty-two police stations which receive over half of the Western Cape's crime reports will get special attention, provincial Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Friday.

"I will be conducting my own oversight visits to assess the improvements made at these stations... in the gang-affected communities, and will continue to visit these communities to assess [their] shortcomings and needs," he said.

"Many of our police officers risk their lives to protect our communities, but will be limited in their ability if they do not have the necessary resources or support."

In a briefing on Thursday, provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer said he had recently identified the most active police stations as well as the five most crime-infested blocks for each station.

It was hoped that by focusing resources in these areas, crime rates would drop significantly, he said.

Plato said he would conduct the visits as soon as Lamoer had sent him a list of the stations.

Comments
  • Jennifer - 2012-06-30 09:28

    This is good news, I saw a police car battling across an intersection because it was broken... Tax money making it to it's goal Well done Dan Plato, people are really suffering and the police that do want to do their work can't do a thing about it.

      simphiwe.telana - 2012-06-30 14:18

      @jennifer in the townships they use police cars as transportation of their families or friends or girlfriends and boyfriends There are some cases where they use police vans for picking up bricks and cement, etc. So its good that Dan Plato is looking into this but also he has to make sure that he puts strict and consitent messures for police not to abuse state owned vehicles

      Jennifer - 2012-06-30 18:56

      It should be so different Lets, I wish people could be safe in their homes In the suburbs in our area the police don't come and the buggers are just walking into shops and robbing with no consequences. My sister is a gentle person, (not 100%), and when she had to report a crime they were cruel to her. They have attacked innocent people here and even been responsible, earlier this year, for the death of an innocent man... I don't trust the police and I wouldn't call them to deliver pizza. They don't come. I'm hoping for change.

  • Andre - 2012-06-30 09:46

    Eradicate crime? Go out in force, arrest, do not give bail and allow the hardest sentencing possible. And, bring back the death penalty. For all the humanists and liberals out there, it is the only way to prevent the good guys suffer at the hands of the baddies!

      jeffrey.jones.357 - 2012-06-30 11:56

      I'm a humanist and a liberal, and I agree with you 100%. I also favour the return of the death penalty for certain crimes and where guilt is proven with no doubt whatsoever e.g. when a murderer or rapist is caught in the act.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-06-30 09:46

    Why is the Public Works Department not doing their work ??

  • Abdolabdol - 2012-06-30 10:15

    Talk is cheap. New SA Halloooo! Crime pays and brings in a lot of revenue. Also it creates jobs (more SAPS members, court personel ect).

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-06-30 18:15

    I live in PE and am constantly puzzled when I see Police vans and also cars (marked as such anyway) apparently parked outside the same houses time and again. Sometimes it appears as though the vehicle belongs to the person in that particular house as they are always stopped in the same places. What are the rules and regulations regarding public emergency vehicles as one is always hearing how there was no police vehicle available at the time when response was called for. Surely public vehicles should be parked at a particular station for use by those on duty whatever the time of day/night. Curious to hear from someone who knows. Given the scarcity of vehicles surely if a policeman has no vehicle and means ofgetting home he should be accompanied by an on duty policeman who returns the vehicle to the station.

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