Keeping an eagle’s eye on scrapyards

2019-01-31 06:21

With the focus on curtailing metal theft in the rail environment, the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) conducted a total of 121 inspections in scrapyards, bucket shops and hot spots last week.

Arrests were made in the Woodstock, Claremont and Rondebosch areas.

Seven arrests were made for possession of stolen property, malicious damage to property, attempted robbery and theft.

Furthermore, there were 29 confiscations of copper cable (13m), seven units of liquor, four bags, two overalls, one saw, one saw blade and a knife.

Several notices were also issued.

Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker says collaboration is a positive step towards restoring the general public’s faith in rail.

“We have seen how crime is displaced from one area to another as soon as we clamp down.The areas where the REU’s arrests were made this past week are known for antisocial behaviour – a source of concern to both residents and businesses. We remain open to joint initiatives and will engage the Chamber of Commerce and residents’ associations with a view to join the fight against crime,” says Walker.

Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase says: “I’m eager to see more commuters returning to rail. The REU’s efforts to curtail metal theft will, over time, resonate in a more stable and reliable rail service which will ensure that this mode of transport becomes the first choice for those who are travelling to and from work.

“A shift from road-based transport to rail will assist to alleviate the congestion on Cape Town’s roads during the peak-hour periods.

“This will have a big influence on our residents’ quality of life because the less time they spend on travelling, the more time they will have with their loved ones,” she says.

Provincial minister of transport and public works and chairperson of the Rail Management Task Team (RMTT), Donald Grant said: “We are pleased to see the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) continuing to focus sharply on criminal activity that is targeting the rail. I believe the work being done by the REU will go a long way towards discouraging would-be criminals from stealing property and damaging Metrorail infrastructure. It is important that commuters’ confidence in rail is immediately restored, and that safety within the rail network remains top of mind.”

The public can assist these efforts by reporting crime and vandalism, as this forms part of the intelligence that drives deployment and operations.

Illicit and suspicious activity may be reported to any number listed below:

Metrorail Protection Services hotline: 021 449 4336/5056

RRPU Cape Town (platform 1): 021 443 4325

RRPU Bellville: 021 941 6800

RRPU Retreat: 021 710 5129

RRPU Radio Control/OPS Room: 021 449 4309/10

Crime Stop: 0860 10111

Crime Line: SMS 32211

City of Cape Town Metals Theft Unit: 0800 222 2771. Rewards of up to R25 000 are payable for information leading to successful conviction.

With the focus on curtailing metal theft in the rail environment, the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) conducted a total of 121 inspections of scrapyards, bucket shops and hotspots this past week.

Arrests were made in the Woodstock, Claremont and Rondebosch areas.

Seven arrests were made for possession of stolen property, malicious damage to property, attempted robbery and theft.

Furthermore, there were 29 confiscations of copper cable (13m), seven units of liquor, four bags, two overalls, one saw, one saw blade and a knife.

Several notices were also issued.

Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker says collaboration is a positive step towards restoring the general public’s faith in rail.

“We have seen how crime is displaced from one area to another as soon as we clamp down.

“The areas where the REU’s arrests were made this past week are known for antisocial behaviour – a source of concern to both residents and businesses. We remain open to joint initiatives and will engage the Chamber of Commerce and residents’ associations with a view to join the fight against crime,” says Walker.

Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase says: “I’m eager to see more commuters returning to rail. The REU’s efforts to curtail metal theft will, over time, resonate in a more stable and reliable rail service which will ensure that this mode of transport becomes the first choice for those who are travelling to and from work.

“A shift from road-based transport to rail will assist to alleviate the congestion on Cape Town’s roads during the peak-hour periods.

“This will have a big influence on our residents’ quality of life because the less time they spend on travelling, the more time they will have with their loved ones,” she says.

With the focus on curtailing metal theft in the rail environment, the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) conducted a total of 121 inspections of scrapyards, bucket shops and hotspots this past week. Arrests were made in the Woodstock, Claremont and Rondebosch areas.Seven arrests were made for possession of stolen property, malicious damage to property, attempted robbery and theft.

Furthermore, there were 29 confiscations of copper cable (13m), seven units of liquor, four bags, two overalls, one saw, one saw blade and a knife.Several notices were also issued.Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker says collaboration is a positive step towards restoring the general public’s faith in rail. “We have seen how crime is displaced from one area to another as soon as we clamp down.The areas where the REU’s arrests were made this past week are known for antisocial behaviour – a source of concern to both residents and businesses. We remain open to joint initiatives and will engage the Chamber of Commerce and residents’ associations with a view to join the fight against crime,” says Walker.

Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase says: “I’m eager to see more commuters returning to rail. The REU’s efforts to curtail metal theft will, over time, resonate in a more stable and reliable rail service which will ensure that this mode of transport becomes the first choice for those who are travelling to and from work.

“A shift from road-based transport to rail will assist to alleviate the congestion on Cape Town’s roads during the peak-hour periods. This will have a big influence on our residents’ quality of life because the less time they spend on travelling, the more time they will have with their loved ones,” she says.

Provincial minister of transport and public works and chairperson of the Rail Management Task Team (RMTT), Donald Grant said: “We are pleased to see the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) continuing to focus sharply on criminal activity that is targeting the rail. I believe the work being done by the REU will go a long way towards discouraging would-be criminals from stealing property and damaging Metrorail infrastructure.

With the focus on curtailing metal theft in the rail environment, the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) conducted a total of 121 inspections of scrapyards, bucket shops and hotspots this past week.

Arrests were made in the Woodstock, Claremont and Rondebosch areas.

Seven arrests were made for possession of stolen property, malicious damage to property, attempted robbery and theft.

Furthermore, there were 29 confiscations of copper cable (13m), seven units of liquor, four bags, two overalls, one saw, one saw blade and a knife.

Several notices were also issued.

Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker says collaboration is a positive step towards restoring the general public’s faith in rail.

“We have seen how crime is displaced from one area to another as soon as we clamp down.The areas where the REU’s arrests were made this past week are known for antisocial behaviour – a source of concern to both residents and businesses. We remain open to joint initiatives and will engage the Chamber of Commerce and residents’ associations with a view to join the fight against crime,” says Walker.

Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase says: “I’m eager to see more commuters returning to rail. The REU’s efforts to curtail metal theft will, over time, resonate in a more stable and reliable rail service which will ensure that this mode of transport becomes the first choice for those who are travelling to and from work.

“A shift from road-based transport to rail will assist to alleviate the congestion on Cape Town’s roads during the peak-hour periods.This will have a big influence on our residents’ quality of life because the less time they spend on travelling, the more time they will have with their loved ones,” she says.

Provincial minister of transport and public works and chairperson of the Rail Management Task Team (RMTT), Donald Grant said: “We are pleased to see the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) continuing to focus sharply on criminal activity that is targeting the rail. I believe the work being done by the REU will go a long way towards discouraging would-be criminals from stealing property and damaging Metrorail infrastructure. It is important that commuters’ confidence in rail is immediately restored, and that safety within the rail network remains top of mind.”

The public can assist these efforts by reporting crime and vandalism, as this forms part of the intelligence that drives deployment and operations.

Illicit and suspicious activity may be reported to any number listed below:

Metrorail Protection Services hotline: 021 449 4336/5056

RRPU Cape Town (platform 1): 021 443 4325

RRPU Bellville: 021 941 6800

RRPU Philippi/Stock Road: 021 370 1011

RRPU Retreat: 021 710 5129

RRPU Radio Control/OPS Room: 021 449 4309/10

Crime Stop: 0860 10111

Crime Line: SMS 32211

City of Cape Town Metals Theft Unit: 0800 222 2771. Rewards of up to R25 000 are payable for information leading to successful conviction.

With the focus on curtailing metal theft in the rail environment, the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) conducted a total of 121 inspections of scrapyards, bucket shops and hotspots this past week.

Arrests were made in the Woodstock, Claremont and Rondebosch areas.

Seven arrests were made for possession of stolen property, malicious damage to property, attempted robbery and theft.

Furthermore, there were 29 confiscations of copper cable (13m), seven units of liquor, four bags, two overalls, one saw, one saw blade and a knife.

Several notices were also issued.

Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker says collaboration is a positive step towards restoring the general public’s faith in rail.

“We have seen how crime is displaced from one area to another as soon as we clamp down.

“The areas where the REU’s arrests were made this past week are known for antisocial behaviour – a source of concern to both residents and businesses. We remain open to joint initiatives and will engage the Chamber of Commerce and residents’ associations with a view to join the fight against crime,” says Walker.

Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase says: “I’m eager to see more commuters returning to rail.

“The REU’s efforts to curtail metal theft will, over time, resonate in a more stable and reliable rail service which will ensure that this mode of transport becomes the first choice for those who are travelling to and from work.

“A shift from road-based transport to rail will assist to alleviate the congestion on Cape Town’s roads during the peak-hour periods.

“This will have a big influence on our residents’ quality of life because the less time they spend on travelling, the more time they will have with their loved ones,” she says.

Provincial minister of transport and public works and chairperson of the Rail Management Task Team (RMTT), Donald Grant said: “We are pleased to see the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) continuing to focus sharply on criminal activity that is targeting the rail.

“I believe the work being done by the REU will go a long way towards discouraging would-be criminals from stealing property and damaging Metrorail infrastructure. It is important that commuters’ confidence in rail is immediately restored, and that safety within the rail network remains top of mind.”

The public can assist these efforts by reporting crime and vandalism, as this forms part of the intelligence that drives deployment and operations.

Illicit and suspicious activity may be reported to any number listed below:

Metrorail Protection Services hotline: 021 449 4336/5056

RRPU Cape Town (platform 1): 021 443 4325

RRPU Bellville: 021 941 6800

RRPU Philippi/Stock Road: 021 370 1011

RRPU Retreat: 021 710 5129

RRPU Radio Control/OPS Room: 021 449 4309/10

Crime Stop: 0860 10111

Crime Line: SMS 32211

City of Cape Town Metals Theft Unit: 0800 222 2771

Rewards of up to R25 000 are payable for information leading to successful conviction.

With the focus on curtailing metal theft in the rail environment, the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) conducted a total of 121 inspections of scrapyards, bucket shops and hotspots this past week.

Arrests were made in the Woodstock, Claremont and Rondebosch areas.

Seven arrests were made for possession of stolen property, malicious damage to property, attempted robbery and theft.

Furthermore, there were 29 confiscations of copper cable (13m), seven units of liquor, four bags, two overalls, one saw, one saw blade and a knife.

Several notices were also issued.

Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker says collaboration is a positive step towards restoring the general public’s faith in rail.

“We have seen how crime is displaced from one area to another as soon as we clamp down.The areas where the REU’s arrests were made this past week are known for antisocial behaviour – a source of concern to both residents and businesses. We remain open to joint initiatives and will engage the Chamber of Commerce and residents’ associations with a view to join the fight against crime,” says Walker.

Mayco member for transport, Felicity Purchase says: “I’m eager to see more commuters returning to rail. The REU’s efforts to curtail metal theft will, over time, resonate in a more stable and reliable rail service which will ensure that this mode of transport becomes the first choice for those who are travelling to and from work.

“A shift from road-based transport to rail will assist to alleviate the congestion on Cape Town’s roads during the peak-hour periods.

“This will have a big influence on our residents’ quality of life because the less time they spend on travelling, the more time they will have with their loved ones,” she says.

Provincial minister of transport and public works and chairperson of the Rail Management Task Team (RMTT), Donald Grant said: “We are pleased to see the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) continuing to focus sharply on criminal activity that is targeting the rail. I believe the work being done by the REU will go a long way towards discouraging would-be criminals from stealing property and damaging Metrorail infrastructure. It is important that commuters’ confidence in rail is immediately restored, and that safety within the rail network remains top of mind.”

The public can assist these efforts by reporting crime and vandalism, as this forms part of the intelligence that drives deployment and operations.

Illicit and suspicious activity may be reported to any number listed below:

Metrorail Protection Services hotline: 021 449 4336/5056

RRPU Cape Town (platform 1): 021 443 4325

RRPU Bellville: 021 941 6800

RRPU Philippi/Stock Road: 021 370 1011

RRPU Retreat: 021 710 5129

RRPU Radio Control/OPS Room: 021 449 4309/10

Crime Stop: 0860 10111

Crime Line: SMS 32211

City of Cape Town Metals Theft Unit: 0800 222 2771. Rewards of up to R25 000 are payable for information leading to successful conviction.

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