Clamping down on crime

2017-12-19 06:00

Steenberg police officers, with the help of traffic officers, held two successful roadblocks in the Steenberg precinct last ­Thursday.

The first was held in Joe Marks Boulevard and the second in Prince George Drive opposite the BP service station.

The objective of the roadblocks was to police the transportation of drugs and stolen property, arrest those driving under the influence of alcohol, and ensure that vehicles are roadworthy.

Eight police officers and eight traffic officials took part in the roadblocks. Steenberg police spokesperson, Warrant Officer John Bartlett, says a total of 117 cars were stopped. “We had 10 vehicles searched, and 35 traffic fines were issued amounting to R33 900. Police officers also distributed pamphlets on safety, domestic violence and stolen goods. Occupants of vehicles were once again reminded to be vigilant and not to leave valuables visible to pedestrians,” he says.

From Friday 8 to Thursday 14 December, various crime prevention operations were conducted in the Steenberg area. A total of 95 people were arrested for crimes ranging from possession of drugs to warrants of arrest, assault and possession of dangerous weapons. Eleven suspects were arrested for attempted murder and one for the possession of a firearm without a licence.

Bartlett says clamping down on crime and apprehending the perpetrators is high on the agenda. “In order to combat crime more successfully, the community must work hand in glove with the police. The community is encouraged to be the eyes and ears of the police and to build a good relationship with them. We will continue to maintain a zero tolerance approach in the prevention and investigation of crime. Steenberg police also want to wish the community a safe and secure festive season.”

V Anyone with information on any illegal activities is asked to contact Steenberg police on 021 702 9000 or Crime Stop on 0860 010 111.

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