’Tis not the season to take drugs

2017-01-17 06:01

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Cape Town Central police arrested more than 100 people for the possession of drugs over the festive season.

Cape Town Central police spokesperson Captain Ezra October says there were fewer crimes of the type heavily dependent on police action for detection over the period, with high numbers of drug-related arrests made.

35 arrests a dayThe station held 15 high-density integrated operations and took part in nine festive season events, including the Tweede Nuwe Jaar carnival.

“Dedicated officers worked shifts in crime hotspots from 05:00 to 22:00 daily. [They made an average of] 35 arrests per day,” October says.

Three people were arrested for murder arrests in the policing precinct over this time, four for the possession of dangerous weapons, 13 for assault and four for intimidation.

There were a few more house burglaries compared to the same period last year, October says, while business burglaries decreased.

Officers made 31 arrests for the possession of stolen property, 12 for theft and one for house breaking. The number of incidents of malicious damage to property showed a slight increase with six people arrested for this type of crime.

Crime hotspotsThe number of incidents of theft out of cars increased slightly, while attempted theft out of cars decreased. Nine arrests were made for theft out of cars and six for the possession of implements used to break into cars.

Robberies remain a concern in the area, October says, especially in the early hours of the morning at the hotels and clubs in Long, Loop, Adderley, Strand, Lower Plein and Darling streets, as well as at the station deck taxi rank and Grand Parade. Officers made 14 arrests for robbery over the period.

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