Anti-hijack programme planned

2017-11-09 06:00

SENIOR leaders in Tongaat are organising a programme that tackles the increase in hijackings and other criminal activities in the community.

The Tongaat Community Policing Forum and Tongaat SAPS will be hosting the anti-hijacking programme to come up with possible solutions to crime in the community.

According to the 2016/2017 crime statistics released last month, theft out of motor cars in Tongaat and Verulam increased between April 2016 and March 2017.

Verulam is leading with a highest number of drug-related incidents on the North Coast followed by Tongaat.

Statistics also showed an increase in cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, with Verulam leading followed by Tongaat.

SA national crime statistics released shows figures from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

Nazir Seedat said the increasing number of hijackings in Tongaat has prompted leaders to unite and host an anti-hijack talk.

“The recent crime statistics showed there is an increased in hijackings in the Tongaat area. As the CPF we want to enlighten the public on matter related to hijacking and on how residents can prevent them.”

The presentation will be held at the Tongaat Town Hall on November 9.

SAPS Tongaat spokesperson Captain Patrick Ngwane advised the public to attend.

Chairperson of the South Sector Crime Forum in Tongaat Reuben Govender said their aim is to create a safe environment for the community.

“With the festive season approaching it is important that we inform the public about safety hints.

“We want to make Tongaat a safe area during and after the December holidays.

“I have been attending these seminars and these initiatives are learning steps for the community so they can spread the word about the do’s and don’t’s.

“There is a remarkable decrease in robbery of cash in transit vehicles and truck hijackings in both areas over the past 12 months.”

SAPS Verulam spokesperson Captain Henry Kisten said police were working around the clock to clip the wings of drug dealers.

“The police are working hard in making more arrests in cases related to drug abuse,” Kisten said.

However, Kisten agreed that drug abuse is a major problem in Verulam but ‘police are making more arrests every­ week’.

Ward councillor Dolly Munien applauded the CPF and SAPS for addressing issues that affect the community.

“I will be also attending. I would like to encourage the community to attend in their numbers.”

With the festive season approaching it is important that we inform the public about safety hints.

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