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One resident said there were many people who simply did not report a crime anymore because of slow response by the police.

“People simply give up and do not see the importance of calling the police. Some even feel that the police will not do enough to assist them,” he said.

In response Saulse said that the response time should be 15 minutes and when they found that the response time was not met it was investigated.

“Residents must understand that we get about 1600 complaints a month. With only nine officers on duty at a time with only three vehicles we do not have the resources to be everywhere at once. We therefore urge residents to also make use of the 10111 number if they do not get through to the police station,” he said.Wait your turn

In response to the complaint about the attitude problems of some police officers, Saulse said they did have disciplinary meetings with their staff to ensure they addressed the issues immediately.

However, he said, there were also residents who had attitudes when they went to the police station for help.

“People must remember that the police station is extremely busy and everyone must wait their turn. We always help those with the more serious cases first. We have to be patient with one another,” he said.

Ward councillor Kevin Southgate raised the issue of problem properties which he believed played a significant role in crime.

“I have identified a number of problem buildings which can be considered as crime generators and if we can monitor these buildings and take the owners to task we can make a difference in the number of incidents reported in our community,” he said.

Southgate called on residents to report these properties to the police to ensure that the police could take necessary steps to monitor these areas.

Saulse further urged the community to join their local neighbourhood watches, civic associations and street committees to help fight the scourge of crime

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