A total of 162 suspects were arrested the past week for various crimes in the Mitchell’s Plain cluster. “Police in Mitchell’s Plain is constantly clamping down on criminals. Intensive patrols, ‘stopping and searching’ of suspicious persons and the regular raiding of houses – especially the houses of those identified as targets contributing to the high crime rate for illegal guns, drugs, stolen goods, wanted suspects and shebeens – are the order of the day,” says Sgt Zita Norman, spokesperson of Athlone Police.One hundred and thirty suspects were arrested for drug related crimes the past week and 94 drug houses were searched. “One operation was done at a taxi rank with seven successes. “Eight shebeen operations were conducted with one arrest. “Thirty-seven second-hand goods premises were visited and one counterfeit goods operations was conducted. “Six tracing operations were conducted resulting in 16 wanted persons being arrested. Three hundred and forty-one spaza shops were visited and eight firearms were confiscated and six arrests made. “Fifty-five people were tested on the MCD device. “Thirty-seven cases were reported of violence against women and children and nine arrests were made,” Norman says. Crime against women and children is a priority crime and is highly addressed by the Saps. The cluster commander of Mitchell’s Plain, Major General Hendrik Burger, commended the members for their dedication towards fighting crime. Burger says members under his command remain dedicated and positive and will continue building trust in the communities and working together towards a safer environment. He says committed police members as well as community members have his full support in structural measures to reduce crime. Burger appeals to all members of the community to join the community structures in their respective place of residence. V Anyone with information can call the police at Crime Stop at 08600 10111 or their local police stations. All information will be treated as highly confidential.