Winning formula

2008-05-07 00:00

On Monday three suspected members of the notorious “five-minute” gang of thieves were arrested in Montrose, Pietermaritzburg after residents and police worked together to apprehend them. Indications are that the police will be able to track down and arrest the remaining gang members soon.

As the hard-pressed SAPS has repeatedly emphasised, the public — including the victims of crime — are the primary force, or perhaps the first bastion, against crime. It is when ordinary people realise this, inform themselves and become fully alert, observant, aware, and are prepared to call for the appropriate law-enforcement help, that they begin to realise also how much power they have and how they can use it productively to protect themselves.

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