New satellite station set up in Shelly Centre to curb crime

2012-11-19 00:00

A NEW satellite station staffed by traffic officers who have the power to make arrests will be set up at Shelly Centre by the time the holiday season arrives in December.

Maxwell Mbili, head of the community services department in the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, said it was part of a plan to decentralise law enforcement into six satellite zones.

The 15 to 20 traffic officers who will be using the park home set up in the parking lot of the shopping centre will not only staff the centre, but will also perform patrols and be visible “in the heart of the Shelly Beach area”, said Mbili.

He predicted this would have a major impact on deterring crime and traffic offences at the centre and in the Shelly Beach area.

“The high visibility of these traffic officers is going to be a crime deterrent. People are going to see them and be afraid of committing a crime in the mall,” he said, adding that the officers will have the power to arrest people suspected of crimes.

Centre manager Rex Lenhoff welcomed the move, saying the satellite station would contribute to the maintenance of general law and order in the area.

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