A BLITZ operation was conducted by the Mountain Rise police from Friday, October 4 to Sunday, October 6. This was aimed at addressing and curbing violent crimes happening in the Mountain Rise area. Acting Mountain Rise police spokesperson Sean Singh said the operation targeted hot spot areas and unlicensed liquor outlets that are contributing to serious crimes in the policing area. “A total of 45 arrests were made for kidnapping, trespassing, disturbance of peace, malicious damage to property, possession of heroin, dealing in liquor without valid a liquor licence, assault, road traffic offences, and more.”He added that, during the first phase of the crime prevention operation, police members focused on a stop and search operation.“Police members also did a cordon and search [operation] 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 Singh.Mountain Rise Station Commander Brigadier Boxer Pillay said these types of operations have a positive impact, reducing serious crimes in hot spot areas. He further thanked and appreciated the officers and members for the positive way in which the operations were conducted.