While the safety of women and children will always remain a top priority for the Mitchell’s Plain police, it’s time men speak up about gender-based violence. “We see women are raising their voices, but men must raise theirs too,” said Mitchell’s Plain police spokesperson, Capt Ian Williams. “Things need to change, and we need to educate men. “Men should respect women, and teach and model respectfulness to their sons. We need men to not be quiet about the abuse they see. We should deal with this problem in a way that it will educate men.”Williams said men need to change their behaviour. “We need to not be violent and infringe on the rights of others.”He added the issue of domestic violence needs to be addressed continually. “Violence often happens behind closed doors and between people who know each other.”According to him, men should learn how to deal with conflict in a non-violent way. “Violence is often a method of dealing with conflict and is reflected in schools and communities. This needs to change.” He appealed to churches, educational institutions and non-profit organisations to create platforms where men can learn how to successfully resolve conflict.He also encouraged women to report incidents of violence and domestic violence to the police.Mitchell’s Plain police’s Operation Lockdown has made a big difference in combating other crimes in the precinct, according to Williams. It is a multi-disciplined, integrated and an intelligence-driven operation focussing on hotspots for murders, attempted murders, carjacking, and gang activity. The current crime hotspots include Tafelsig East and West, Beacon Valley and Eastridge. Williams said visibility is key when it comes to combating crime. Monitoring these hotspots will remain high on their priority list. According to Williams, normal sector policing will continue in other communities, and the special focus is day-to-day policing activities. Williams said street robberies remain a problem in Town Centre but the police presence has forced criminals to move to the outskirts.The police are appealing to the community to remain vigilant and to take steps to avoid street robberies. Williams said most street robberies take place in the early morning and late afternoon when people are travelling to and from work.Theft out of motor vehicles and house break-ins at night are still occurring in residential areas such as Westridge, Portland and Rocklands. Williams said people need to ensure their homes are secured and locked up. He said sporadic incidents of gang-violence where shootings occur are still taking place in Beacon Valley and Tafelsig. These shootings occur mostly on Sundays between 20:00 and 02:00. The Mitchell’s Plain police encourage residents to report any crime on 021 370 1706.