LOCALS and visitors to the South Coast showed mixed reaction on Tuesday when a large contingency of armed police members appeared at shopping malls in the Shelly Beach CBD and Margate beachfront.
Some were surprised, others were immediately on guard, suspecting that a robbery or similar crime had been committed to which the local SAPS were responding.
In the end young and old were relieved and happy to meet the Ugu SAPS cluster commander, Major-General Thembi Ndlovu and the Ugu cluster Vispol head, Brigadier Morris Moodley.
Flanked by their officers and members from different stations and units, they paid a courtesy visit to busy shopping centres and the beachfront to welcome visitors.
“We are geared and ready for the festive season and have already commenced with special duties, ranging from road blocks, visible policing operations and cordon and search operations,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.
“We appeal to the public to safeguard valuables, refrain from drinking and driving and not to visit deserted beaches and other areas. Don’t become a victim of a robbery or other crime, as criminals target people who let their guard down. Be vigilant at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Always watch whether you are not being followed,” she added
“The SAPS is going to be hard on motorists who do not obey the road rules and who drive under the influence of illegal substances.”
Irresponsible driving should be reported to the police immediately on 039 688 1004/1005/1286 or 039 682 5555. It is advisable to obtain the colour, make and registration number of the vehicles, so that police can try and locate the vehicle quickly. Ndlovu and Moodley will be working with SAPS members.
“Together we will try to ensure that everyone enjoys a peaceful and safe festive season,” said Wiid. - Supplied.