Playing our part

2008-08-20 00:00

“Law enforcers 3; criminals 0” ran a headline in yesterday’s Witness, and the stories covered included a foiled heist at Southgate Shopping Centre, the arrest of would-be car thieves in the city, and the apprehension in Ladysmith of a nine-man gang charged with possession of un-licensed firearms, armed robbery and theft. In each case members of the police, alerted by witnesses, swung swiftly and effectively into action. Let us hope that this excellent police work leads to similar judicial excellence, with trials conducted speedily and efficiently, followed immediately by convictions, leaving no loopholes permitting the contravention of bail conditions and the like.

Few people these days are without a cellphone, and each of us should programme into that essential accessory the numbers of the various emergency services, including the flying squad, Crime Stop, the ambulance service and the fire brigade, all of whose numbers appear regularly in this newspaper and may be called anonymously if desired.

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