Police to beef up rural presence with 1 385 new vehicles

2010-12-17 11:11

Police had procured 1 385 new vehicles for use in rural areas, the ministry of police said today.

“The vehicles range from high-powered 4x4s to hi-tech vans and sedans,” said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

He said the vehicles would be used not just on farms, but in remote areas.

“One of the focus areas will be around provision of adequate police transport in these areas.”

The minister said research conducted by the police indicated that police visibility – whether through policemen or vehicles moving around certain areas – acted as a deterrent against crime.

“We are now beginning to deploy our resources evenly and effectively, and this is our new way of doing things innovatively and speedily.”

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