‘Be more vigilant in face of crime’

2019-03-28 06:01
Colonel Xolani Williams

Colonel Xolani Williams

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Crime levels on all fronts seem to be on the increase in the area of the Lwandle precinct.

This is of major concern to Lwandle’s police commander Colonel Xolani Williams, who admitted there was an increase in such crimes as street robberies, house breakings, stolen vehicles and domestic violence.

He told City Vision street robberies were occurring as the result of alcohol consumption abuse which resulted in people being robbed while drunk.

He said as a result of this they have now put officers in strategic positions to patrol in the mornings and evenings in the area.

Williams said in the case of murder, crime is committed round the clock, but in most cases they occurred between 00:00 and 06:00.

He said liquor was a contributing factor to the criminal activities and mentioned a well-known lounge as major contributing factors to crime.

“If you’re driving there it’s like you’re in Hollywood. There are different businesses for liquor, drugs and a 24/7 shop,” said Williams.

He says they measure their success on a weekly basis and says patrols are yielding results.

Williams said house robberies are occurring mostly at night, and urged residents to report unfamiliar faces in their sectors, also giving descriptions of what they are wearing.

“Try to get everything in the house as early as possible, and refrain from going in and out of your house, as you won’t know who is targeting you, and for what.

“Community members must make use of their sector commanders and report everything they suspect as they are in the area daily,” he said.

Williams said there was also a problem with stolen vehicles as well as vehicle parts that are stolen and sold elsewhere.

He urged the community to phone him directly to identifying these markets.

“The rate of Domestic Violence is [also] too high,” he pointed out, “and I am busy negotiating with the court to give no bail to abusers until the case is finalised.

“Then from there it will depend on whether you are coming back to the community or going to jail.”

Williams said the police, together with the liquor authority, have now started targeting problematic taverns, and it is about time big results are seen involving those who don’t comply with their licences.

Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Siya Macaula said if taverns were complying with their licences no people would be robbed while roaming the street at night.

He said: “Tavern owners must comply with their trading hours, as non-compliance has an effect on the increase in crime. We must also understand that it is impossible to have police on every street corner in our communities.

“So we need community involvement, where residents are the eyes and ears, to assist police in fighting crime.

“We know people fear for their lives and sometimes they don’t trust police, but they can go straight to the police station to inform the station commander directly.”

Macaula appealed to residents to play their part in bringing criminals to book, as very often they, or those involved in criminal activities, are known.

He added that the liquor authority should come to communities and conduct programmes where it engages residents on the issue of alcohol.

Macaula appealed to vehicle owners to be vigilant at all times, and those who are able to upgrade their vehicles should minimise the risk of them being stolen.

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