Drug arrests almost double

2015-10-06 06:00
Diep River Main Road remains one of the hotspots of crime. Police say most incidents are reported on this stretch of road. 


Diep River Main Road remains one of the hotspots of crime. Police say most incidents are reported on this stretch of road. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Diep River police station has reported that there are about 216 “dial-a-drug outlets” in the precinct and officers are finding it hard to get them under control.

They have, however, made some arrests.

Warrant officer Keith Chandler, spokesperson of Diep River police station, says their drug and drunken driving arrests have gone up 75%.

“We have more successes in drug-related crimes and drug abusers through our stop and search operations,” Chandler says.

This was revealed during a joint meeting of neighbourhood watch representatives, private security companies and the police.

Chandler says among property-related crimes house break-ins still remain an issue. The burglars come into the community from surrounding areas, he says.

“We find that when asked why suspects prefer this community they say: ‘It is the land of milk and honey’. We therefore want to urge residents to ensure their properties are secured all the time as this crime occurs during the early hours of the morning and late evenings,” he says.

Residents are asked to be particularly vigilant during 04:00 and 06:30 and after 19:00.

Chandler says the many properties in Plumstead which are not protected by high walls attract criminals.

“They will enter properties where there are no walls or security gates and steal little things, such as pot plants.”

This may even be an opportunity for them to check out what else there may be to come back for,” he further explains

He encourages residents to report suspicious people and items that have been removed from their gardens.

While theft out of motor vehicles also remains an issue, Chandler says such crimes mainly occur when cars are parked outside on the road or in parking lots.

“People need to refrain from leaving their valuable property in their cars as this is negligence on their part,” he says.

On thieves’ wish listThe most prominent items stolen include iPads, cellphones, bicycles, tools and pot plants from gardens.

Chandler adds that Main Road remains the main crime hotspot in the policing precinct as crime moves from Wynberg all the way towards Diep River.

“Crime in the residential area is fairly quiet and well-monitored by the various neighbourhood watches and security companies and this has contributed to the decrease in residential reported crimes,” he says.

Chandler says he wants to encourage residents to continue to report crime to ensure the police can act effectively.V

Call 021 710 7300 to report crime in this precinct

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