Decrease in crime since Operation Fiela - Free State police

2015-06-19 19:08
Nielen de Klerk, News24

Nielen de Klerk, News24

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Bloemfontein - There had been a noticeable decrease in crime in the Free State since Operation Fiela was launched on June 1, police spokesperson Brig Billy Jones told News24 on Friday.

“The statistics show a definite decline in the areas of concern we have identified. We realise it is only a short-term success at the moment, but will keep measuring our results over the long-term,” Jones said.

A national operation, Operation Fiela aims to rid South Africa of, among others, illegal weapons, drug dens and prostitution rings.

In the Free State, a joint operation conducted since June 1 has arrested 941 people for crimes ranging from murder to attempted murder, robbery, house robbery, business robbery, rape, assault, drug-related crimes, driving under the influence of alcohol and the illegal possession of firearms.

Three firearms, 42 rounds of ammunition, four cows, seven vehicles, 2g cocaine, 4.2 units of crystal meth, 14.5 mandrax tablets and 5kg of precious metals have been confiscated in the province.

Jones agreed with the comment Free State Police, Roads and Transport MEC Butana Komphela made on Wednesday that the number of hijackings in the province was decreasing.

“Hijackings are definitely showing a downward trend," Jones said.

However, he said sexual offences against women and children were still a serious concern.

“We have found someone in or close to the family is often involved and people in the family are hesitant to report these crimes, but it is our plea to the neighbours and friends who suspect such a crime is being committed, to contact the police. It can even be done anonymously,” he said.

Jones said Operation Fiela was not only about the operational part, but was to educate the public about crime and involve the public in fighting criminal activities.

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