Lansdowne police have taken their hats off to local neighbourhood watches and the Lansdowne Community Policing Forum (CPF) as the vigilant residents ensured a decreased crime rate during the festive period. Lansdowne police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka says this season was “a huge success, especially in terms of police action like drug arrests, drunken driving and property crime”.“The Lansdowne CPF, together with station management, had [created] healthy relationships between the police officers and neighbourhood watch members. Secondly, a motivation process initiated by the CPF to boost the morale of the police improved partnerships and communication,” he says.Mnyaka says police conducted joint operations with other law enforcement agencies like Metro Police, Traffic Services and Law Enforcement. A fingerprint machine was used during stop-and-searches for wanted persons. Vehicle checkpoints and walkabouts with neighbourhood watch members were part of the crime-fighting efforts. “Neighbourhood watches had played a vital role looking after their own streets, activating residents via social networks whenever there was an incident, which maximised the awareness campaign on crime and criminal activities. “A total of 114 suspects were apprehended during the festive season and most suspects were arrested for possession of drugs,” Mnyaka says. Lansdowne Police Station commander Colonel Herman Seals has expressed his “sincere gratitude to all neighbourhood watch members across the Lansdowne policing precinct who took their family time to participate in the fight against crime during the festive season campaign”.“Thank you for showing courage and dedication to ensure that our policing precinct maintained a zero-tolerance approach in preventing crime,” Seals says.