Police launch safety campaign at Cape Town shopping malls

2015-12-22 16:41
Police have launched safety campaigns at shopping malls in the Western Cape. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Police have launched safety campaigns at shopping malls in the Western Cape. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Cape Town – The Western Cape police department launched a crime prevention initiative at various shopping malls on Tuesday.

A strong contingent of men and women in blue visited the Promenade Mall in Mitchells Plain, the Khayelitsha Mall, and the Somerset Mall, in an attempt to educate the public about safeguarding their cash and lives this festive season.

The group, which included students who had been deployed at various malls since the start of the festive season, handed out pamphlets to shopper on gangs, liquor abuse, road safety and keeping cash safe.

Acting Western Cape police commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile said they would be deploying more police officers to malls during the festive season.

These would include an additional 200 reservists and students who would be on duty until the end of March, to ensure maximum safety for shoppers.

He said they would also have community volunteers who would help spread the message at shopping malls.

"Where the people are this festive season, is where we will be."

Patekile said one of the concerns was stokvels being soft targets for criminals.

"Those people have saved their money for the whole year. So for us to ensure they enjoy their holidays, we must deploy the maximum of police."

He called on the saving clubs to be vigilant and to try and carry as little cash on them as possible.

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