KWADUKUZA SAPS operational commander, Colonel Mdumiseni Nene said in order to curb crime during the festive season the police plan to increase their visibility in the KwaDukuza CBD as of yesterday, Tuesday, 15 December.
He said the KwaDukuza CBD will be an area of focus for maximum visibility since it is the transport hub for most people in and around KwaDukuza.
“KwaDukuza is where most people go to find transport to other areas. These people become vulnerable to crime as criminals come out in their numbers during the festive season.
“People are mugged and we see an increase in the number of robberies in the CBD area during the festive season.
“That is why we want to increase our visibility in that area,” said Nene.
He said the SAPS would work closely with local private security companies to increase the visibility of law enforcers in the KwaDukuza CBD.
According to Nene, the Blythedale and Zinkwazi beaches are of concern during the festive season which is why police will be deployed to these areas and would be present for 24 hours to keep these beaches under control.
Nene said the police force would also conduct stop and search operations especially in the Thembeni and Ntshawini areas.
“The KwaDukuza SAPS also follows instructions that come from the provincial office and we will incorporate those instructions with our own programmes to intensify law enforcement. We will conduct regular road blocks where we will check for illegal weapons and check if individuals are driving under the influence of alcohol as drunken driving creates unnecessary causalities on our roads,” he said.
SAPS provincial spokesperson, Major Thulani Zwane said during this festive season all SAPS clusters would deploy members of the police force to key areas to ensure that the community is safe.
“Police will apprehend all the wanted suspects and those who are breaking the law, in line with the festive season plan,” he said.
He said the SAPS throughout the province would conduct a number of operations which include operation Fiela, foot and vehicle patrols as well as roadblocks.
“There will be an increase of police visibility throughout the province and we will arrest suspects found with unlicensed firearms,” said Zwane.
In an attempt to assist the residents of KwaDukuza and surrounding areas, G4S Stanger provided the following safety tips to keep in mind during the festive season:
• Advise G4S [your security company] if you are going away for the holidays and ensure that you supply all the necessary information in case of an emergency.
• Always double check to make sure that all windows and doors are locked before leaving your home.
• Ensure that all your outside locks are a minimum of four lever locks or double cylinder security locks.
• Never leave a key in the inside of an outer door which has glass panels or glass near the door lock.
• Fit outer doors with security gates.
• Secure sliding doors by placing a piece of timber cut to size in the sliding rail.
Make sure that sliding doors cannot be lifted vertically.
• Do not leave tools such as ladders or spades outside as they can be used to break into your house.
• Full fencing and sturdy gates are a good deterrent.
• Have good exterior lighting, preferably on a timer.
• Have clear signage indicating that your house is secured by G4S [or any other security company] as this discourages burglars.
• Secure credit cards, wallets and cash; keep these items out of public view.
Avoid keeping large amounts of money in your home.
• Always be alert for people who seem out of place and report any suspicious activity to your local police station and Security Company.
• Trim bushes and hedges to make to make it more difficult for a burglar or robber to hide while you are away from home.
• When you are away from home for a long period stop the delivery of mail and newspapers or ask a neighbour to gather all mail and paper.
• When arriving home always be alert for anything unusual.