Crime prevention operations over the holidays

2017-12-27 06:00

WITH the festive season upon us the Pietermaritzburg SAPS has launched various festive season crime-prevention campaigns.

Pietermaritzburg SAPS spokesperson Captain Khosi Khonjelwayo said police stations within the Pietermaritzburg cluster have joined forces to combat crime over the holidays.

“Operations will be held in areas we have identified as crime ‘hot spots’. We will conduct foot and stop-and-search patrols and we are more visible in malls and shopping centres.”

She said since the start of the festive season, the Pietermaritzburg SAPS precinct has registered an increase in the number of reported common assaults and assaults with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

“There are lot of social problems like alcoholism as well as drug abuse that lead to assault being on the increase.

“It is essential that more people are made aware of these issues so we can fight them as a collective,” Khonjelwayo said.

She said over this holiday period aggressive driving and road rage has increased on the city streets.

“When provoked angry drivers have been known to commit acts of violence, including assault and murder,” she said.


• Do not engage drivers if they have done something to make you angry. Never pull off the road to confront another driver.

• Change your attitude and approach to driving. Avoid creating competitive situations with other drivers even if they are at fault.

• Keep your stress or anger level in check. When someone is upset often all it takes is something trivial to set a person on a course to road rage. This might include loud music, hooting or someone taking too long to move at a green traffic light.

• If you suspect a driver is targeting you for an act of road rage go to the safe place, such as police or petrol station.

She said some cases of common assault and assault GBH are caused by arguments between friends or others.

“Try to avoid arguments, apologise as soon as possible. Avoid provocative questions. The best choice in managing conflict is to avoid it, especially where alcohol is involved.”

She said the SAPS’s objective is to reduce crime and create a safe environment for the public.

“During operations we look for illegal firearms and ammunition, drugs, dangerous weapons and drunk drivers while at the same time continuing to prioritise the safety of women, children and the elderly.”


• When you leave your house or business premises make sure you have the proper security measures in place.

• Beware of remote jamming.

• Avoid posting your or your family’s movements on social media.

• Identify scams such as money-drop scams, half price on clothing, and so on.

• Avoid buying through classified adverts.

• Avoid donating to canvassers for charity, only donate to registered charities.

• Report suspicious behaviour to the police.

The Plessislaer SAPS will conduct various crime prevention strategies over the festive period.

The station’s spokesperson, Captain Musa Ntombela, said these include roadblocks, stop-and-searches and patrols in areas under its policing jurisdiction.

The areas the SAPS will focus on are Esigodini and Imbali Unit 1.

“In Imbali house robberies are a common occurrence and in Esigodini shootings are a concern,” Ntombela said.

He said in Esigodini police will conduct random raids looking for illegal firearms.

Ntombela cautioned the public to be wary when withdrawing their stokvel money. “We advise people to ask the police to escort them when going to withdraw their stokvel money at the bank, or to use an electronic means of paying out the dividends to members, this to avoid withdrawing large sums of money,” Ntombela said.

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