MOUNTAIN Rise police recently conducted a number of crime prevention operations to address and curb violent crime in the area.According to Mountain Rise Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joshua Maistry, a Blitz Operation was done over the weekend that targeted hot spot areas and unlicensed liquor outlets that contribute to serious crimes in the policing area. “A total of 71 arrests were made for drunk driving, assault Grievous Bodily Harm (GBH), breach of peace, dealing in liquor without a valid liquor licence, road traffic offences, possession of drugs, possession of dangerous weapons, common robbery, malicious damage to property, possession of suspected stolen property, and illegal immigrants,” said Maistry, who added that police members focused on stop and search operations as well as cordon and search, which was very effective. “The second phase of the crime prevention operations focused on unlicensed liquor outlets in the informal settlements that were contributors to serious crimes,” said Maistry. The station commander, Brigadier Boxer Pillay, stated that these type of operations positively result in the reduction of serious crimes in the hot spot areas. He further went on to thank and appreciate the officers and members for the positive way in which the operations were conducted.