COP 17 first day crime free

Durban - There were no climate change summit related crimes on Monday, police said on Monday afternoon.

"Everything is going smoothly so far. Not... a single conference-related crime report has been given to me today," Colonel Vish Naidoo said late on Monday afternoon.

The 17th Conference of Parties (COP 17) began at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conference Centre on Monday morning and is being attended by over 15 000 people.

Naidoo, the only police spokesperson for the conference, said all police officers deployed for the summit had been told to report criminal incidents.

"They have been told to either send me cellphone text messages or e-mails when something happens. Everything is under control," he said.

He said there had been no protests around the ICC on Monday. Activists usually organised protests during major conferences.

There was high police visibility in and around the ICC.

Naidoo said special courts were on standby 24-hours a day to deal with conference related crimes.

The aim of having certain courts on standby was to ensure that cases were finalised as quickly as possible, said Naidoo.

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