Quiet festive period for cops

2017-01-17 06:01

Manenberg police have expressed their delight at having a quieter festive period than what is normally experienced.

Integrated operations and patrols were successful over the peak of the festive season in December leading up to 2017, according to Captain Ian Bennett, Manenberg police spokesperson. He says there was little or no gang activity.

He adds that this is attributed to the focused approach of the police who identified hotspots and the higher visibility of officers.

“Creating partnerships of trust with the community through various social crime added to the operational successes. This definitely lifted the spirits of the community. More incidents of crime were reported, so that officers could attend to the incidents and follow up on information. This led to the arrest of perpetrators, confiscation of two firearms and ammunition and the recovery of several units of various chemical drugs and a quantity of dagga,” says Bennett.

He says the area also enjoyed less crime overall, but robberies are a concern.

“Even though officers were deployed in the area, robberies remained a problem. After extensive scrutiny, it can be safely said that community members acted irresponsibly and gave the perpetrators opportunity to commit these crimes,” he adds, mentioning community members who carry large sums of money on them, expose valuable items such as jewellery and walk with cellphones in high-risk areas, such as the main transport route.

Manenberg police station’s commander Brigadier Enolium Joseph has commended his visible policing staff and the crime prevention unit for their loyal and dedicated service.

“This was the peak holiday season but Joseph reports that all officers were accounted for and that little or none of them have taken sick leave or were off,” Bennett says. “This has also contributed to reducing crime for December.”

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