Rise in crime a grave concern

2016-09-28 06:00

THE increase in crime levels is a grave concern for the community of the tiny Free State town of Boshof.

Speaking at a presentation of crime statistics to the community on 14 September, police spokesperson Capt. Chaka Marope, said the community expressed concern over the increase in crime. He said the crime statistics presented by MajGen Moeketsi Sempe, commander of the Park Road Cluster, highlighted crimes which had increased since April to August this year.

Crimes reportedly on the rise range from common robberies, house burglary, business burglary, stock theft, theft of motor vehicles and theft out of motor vehicles.

“The impression is that not much was ­being done by the police.

“Amongst the complaints raised by the community were that the police were reluctant to provide residents with feedback on their reported cases, poor response time when called out, lack of resources such as vehicles, a shortage of female police members and failure by the police to answer calls from the public,” said Marope.

He said the community also lamented ill- treatment they received at the local station.

In his response Sempe said the police alone cannot reduce crime because the ­success of any police ope-ration depends on active participation between the residents and the police.

“It is indeed a duty of every resident of Boshof to report any criminal activity and for the police to respond on time when called upon. Arresting criminals is not enough, police must get more convictions and prosecutions,” said Sempe.

He urged the communities to work with the police.

He said in the fight against crime the public must refrain from purchasing stolen goods as it creates a demand which criminals supply through theft.

He further warned that tough measures will be taken against taverns or liquor outlets which operate outside regulated hours.

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