Mixed score for crime fighters

2016-01-19 06:00

As the festive season draws to a close, local police have reported mixed results in combating crime.

While theft out of cars and house break-ins decreased in the Sea Point policing precinct, theft and business crime spiked.

The most common crime over the festive season in the area was assault.

Business crime increased due to a number of criminals targeting ATMs where cards were stolen and money withdrawn, says Sea Point police spokesperson Captain Johan Pentz.

The increase in cases of theft can mainly be attributed to negligence by people who leave their belongings unattended in restaurants and clubs, at swimming pools and in various other public places, he says.

But the successful implementation of plans and a partnership with other enforcement agencies resulted in the decrease in theft out of cars and house break-ins.

“Reservists were deployed on foot patrols on a daily basis at shopping malls, in business sectors and at the beachfront and an operational centre was established at the Sea Point Pavilion to deal with any incidents related to the swimming pool, promenade and beaches, together with municipal law enforcement departments,” he says.

. Cases of stolen cars and assault spiked in the Cape Town Central policing precinct over the festive season.

“Some of this crime is caused by unemployment,” says Cape Town Central police spokesperson Captain Ezra October.

“Assaults occur due to arguments between friends or employers and employees, and the abuse of drugs and alcohol.”

A number of other crimes occurred over the festive season, including theft, ATM fraud, robberies and domestic violence, he says.

However, there was an increase in arrests for drug-related crimes, drunken driving and the possession of dangerous weapons, stolen goods and house-breaking tools.

“Cape Town Central police activated a plan, had car checkpoints in hotspot areas, did pamphlet distribution and organised social crime prevention initiatives with local improvement districts, NGOs and various community stakeholders,” October says.

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