Western Cape cops gearing up for festive season

2015-12-10 17:40
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Cape Town – Western Cape police are gearing up as tourists flock to the coast for the holidays and people max out their credit cards for Christmas.

Officers had been phasing-in a festive season security strategy since October, Brigadier Tanya Hoskings, from the provincial command centre, said on Thursday.

Given the increase in visitors, spending and events, the strategy’s main focus would be to "curb crime" and maintain public order. The police service would work with law enforcement officers and other partners.

Beaches have been identified as one of the high-risk areas. 

Hoskings said efforts were focused on Monwabisi beach, Sunrise beach, Table View beach and Camps Bay, as well as the beachfronts in Mossel Bay and George.

Although not always successful, officers would try to stop the public from bringing alcohol to the beach, Hoskings said.

"Alcohol is being widely abused and sometimes results in children going missing, because parents don’t see where they are."

Criminals were opportunists and the festive season was the perfect time to break into empty homes or prey on unsuspecting people, Hoskings said, while also warning the public to be aware of their surroundings.

People should record as many details as possible about suspicious vehicles or people. They should also try taking a photo of suspects if it was safe to do so.

"If something does happen and we need to follow up, keep those details available. The devil is in the detail."

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