Authorities pack a punch at smash-and-grab hotspot

2015-11-02 19:43
(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(File, Nielen de Klerk, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Smash-and-grabs along the notorious Jakes Gerwel Drive have been reduced significantly in the past five months, the City of Cape Town said on Monday.

About 13 people had also been arrested, it said.

According to the city, incidents were down from 42 in June to five in October after the deployment of council’s Camera Response Unit in the Langa area as well as the increased use of CCTV footage to identify suspects.

Mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said in a statement he encouraged the courts to deal with these cases speedily and "impose the harshest sentences possible".

"It is discouraging to have suspects back on the streets just days after their arrest, getting up to their old tricks," he said.

"At the same time, I would like to once again remind motorists to do their bit by keeping their valuables out of sight when driving and keeping an eye on their surroundings at all times. Far too many motorists continue to be distracted by their mobile phones, which is an offence in itself..."

Several of the arrests were made after tip-offs from the public, he said.

In one of the incidents, the CCTV Control Room witnessed a smash-and-grab and alerted the officers stationed in the vicinity. The suspect could be seen running away from the vehicle with the motorist’s belongings while brandishing a knife.

Officers apprehended him after waiting as he crossed Jakes Gerwel Drive into Langa. The suspect attempted to stab one of the officers whose partner then fired a shot, wounding the thief.

Read more on:    cape town  |  crime

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.