Berea SAPS’s annual Crime Awareness Day a success

2014-07-01 00:00

THE Berea SAPS station annual Crime Awareness Day held last Saturday was a great success, attracting around 2 000 people during the course of the day.

“There were people coming through all the time,” said Lieutenant P.N. Naidoo.

“It wasn’t far from the flea market so people there were coming across to see what was going on.”

The event took place in Berea Park on the corner of Stephen Dlamini (formerly Essenwood) and John Zikhali (formerly Sydenham) roads and was aimed at bridging the gap between the community, business and the police.

Naidoo said the big hits with the crowds were the anti-hijacking demonstration, the Bomb Squad display, the Dog Unit, and the Public Order Policing crowd control exercise in crowd dispersal.

Naidoo said the event achieved its objective of making the public aware of crime.

He earlier told The Witness that the Berea area was experiencing problems with property theft.

“People leave valuables in plain sight in their cars. Someone passing by, and not intending to steal, will see a laptop on the back seat of a car and be tempted to take it.

“People leave windows and doors open when they are out during the day and even at night,” said Naidoo. “People are too complacent, they are living as though things are as they were 20 years ago but they are not. People must be more vigilant and aware.” — WR.

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