THE Swartkops Community Policing Forum (CPF) recently raised the alarm regarding criminal activities in the area through an anti-crime motorcade.
This was done in conjunction with Swartkops Police Station, metro and traffic police, the Bluewater Bay neighbourhood watch and security companies.
According to the chairperson of the CPF, Nolan Mathura, the motorcade was dispatched to create awareness of the alarming increase in crime in the area.
“This was our second motorcade and it was very successful. Residents joined in and were very grateful for the visibility of law enforcement. We wanted to give a clear message to perpetrators violating the law, that the authorities are out there watching them.
“The motorcade included various vehicles with sirens as we moved at a low speed through Bluewater Bay, Swartkops Village, Wells Estate, Markman Township and St George’s Strand,” Mathura said.
The initiative was sparked by Swartkops Police Station commmander, Lieutenant Colonel John Perils, and various SAPS members from the station.
Perils said, “We are experiencing a lot of challenges regarding crime in our area, but we have identified the hot spot areas. We also rely on the CPF to assist by talking to the community and creating awareness.
“The CPF has helped the station as they are the middleman between the community and the station.”
A total of 12 drunk drivers were arrested at a road block in Grahamstown Road by the SAPS and members of the CPF.
“After the motorcade, we split into teams to man roadblocks.
“A police helicopter was deployed to provide visibility in the sky and also to light up operations.
“The other teams visited taverns in Wells Estate to check for licences.
“We are planning on having more motorcades for this area, as we have received a positive response from everyone involved,” Mathura explained.
The Swartkops Police Station has also identified problematic schools in Port Elizabeth, making learners aware of crime.
Perils added, “We invest a lot of time into schools as well as to try to explain to them the dangers of getting involved in crime.
“In addition, we are establishing a drama group at the Swartkops precinct consisting of learners.
“We hope this will help to curb the increase crime in our area. We are also appealing to Swartkops residents to report a crime when they witness an incident.
“This will help us make our community a much safer place.”