Police have new chief

2015-09-08 06:00
Colonel Herman Seals is the new station commander at Lansdowne police station. 

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Colonel Herman Seals is the new station commander at Lansdowne police station. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Lansdowne police station welcomed its new station commander at the beginning of the month. Colonel Herman Seals, who transferred from the Steenberg police station, says he is ready to tackle the challenges in Lansdowne with vigour.

Seals says it might take some time to adjust to the area but he looks forward to working with the various stakeholders.

“I know there is a very vibrant neighbourhood watch and community police forum structure. I intend to strengthen the communication between the community and the police by using these channels.”

As part of introducing himself to the community, Seals already set off by meeting with religious leaders in the area on Wednesday evening last week.

“I will be introducing myself to the rest of the community when sector meetings are held. We will pave the way forward after I have listened to the community’s concerns.”

Seals has been in the police service for 30 years and says crime prevention has been his main focus.

Seals says the station is currently grappling with carjackings and street robberies.

“This is our greatest challenge at the moment and we intend to tackle this issue head on. More visible patrols will take place in the precinct and we will ensure that regular vehicle checkpoints are set up and become more frequent,” Seals says.

He adds that all escape routes, including shops, business areas, main roads and train stations, will be monitored to help find stolen cars as the “vehicle recovery rate has shown no results”.

Added to this Seals says residents should be vigilant and not make themselves easy targets for robbers.

“Residents should be wary not to walk with their cellphones and earphones on display.”

Seals assures residents that second-hand dealers will also be monitored and visited weekly to help in recovering stolen items.

“We also encourage residents to report criminal activity. This will aid the police in knowing which areas to watch closely.”

Seals says regular walkabouts will be held in the two informal settlements, Freedom Park and Flamingo Park. “These areas will receive the necessary attention and our specialised units will be sent into the areas regularly.”

“I am positive to work in this area. All we ask is that the community comes on board to report crimes so that we have a clear picture and know how to react to various issues that will arise.

“We want the community to come forward with solutions as well and not just to complain. My office is open to anyone who is willing to combat crime in the area.”

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