Crime clamp down

2016-09-20 06:00
Philippi police held crime prevetion operations in the Philippi policing precinct last week. Acting station commander Colonel Desmond Laing stands in a tuckshop whre counterfeit goods were confiscated.

Philippi police held crime prevetion operations in the Philippi policing precinct last week. Acting station commander Colonel Desmond Laing stands in a tuckshop whre counterfeit goods were confiscated.

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Philippi police are keeping their precinct safe with integrated crime prevention operations in the area.

Over the past week, eight suspects for who warrants of arrest were issued were arrested during tracing operations, says Philippi police spokesperson Captain Lance Goliath. “These suspects were on trial for crimes related to illegal possession of drugs, theft and possession of an illegal firearm. Substance abuse often leads to crimes being committed in order to sustain the addiction to the substance. Households, family and friends are urged to be alert to any signs of illegal use of any illegal substances such as dagga, crystal meth, heroine, mandrax as well as signs of alcohol abuse.”

A futher 44 suspects were arrested for drug-related crimes.

“Police also clamped down on illegal liquor outlets. One suspect was arrested for illegal dealing in liquor and police confiscated a total of 18 000F of liquor. Vehicle check points were also held and resulted in the arrest of two suspects for driving under the influence of alcohol,” Goliath confirms.

In terms of the act on dangerous weapons police action resulted in the arrest of three suspects and five suspects were arrested for housebreaking and theft, he adds.

“Conducting stops and searches forms part of the high density crime prevention operations. Police concentrated in the area in Hanover Park where most of the crimes are generated. This lead to a huge reduction of crime heavily dependent on police action. Police also seized counterfeit cigarettes from a house shop in Hanover Park,” Goliath informs.

Other suspects were arrested on charges of assault, sexual assault, rape, crimen injuria, robbery and shoplifting.

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