Western Cape: Police in Mitchell’s Plain Cluster are working around the clock to eradicate crime and bring perpetrators to book. Mitchell’s Plain Cluster stations include Lentegeur, Strandfontein, Philippi, Grassy Park, Lansdowne, Steenberg and Mitchell’s Plain.
A total of 51 crime prevention operations were held over the past week throughout the cluster policing precinct. These cluster crime prevention operations are driven by the cluster commander Major General Gregory Goss.
Areas where the most crimes are generated are identified and the crime patterns are determined accordingly. Police then initiate crime prevention operations as well as tracing of wanted suspects accordingly.
Shopping malls are constantly being monitored and police interact with businesses and those visiting the malls. Safety hints contained in pamphlets are also distributed in the mall.
Forty-one suspects for whom warrants of arrest had been issued were arrested during tracing operations. These suspects are on trial for crimes related to illegal possession of drugs, theft, murder etc.
Substance abuse often leads to crime being committed in order to sustain an addiction to the substance.
Households, family and friends are urged to be alert to any signs of use of any illegal substances such as dagga, crystal meth, heroin, cocaine, whoonga, mandrax as well as signs of alcohol abuse.
There are various institutions who can assist those falling victim to substance abuse.
A total of 271 suspects were arrested for drug related crimes. Drugs confiscated have an estimated street value of R39 500 and consisted of crystal meth, dagga, mandrax and heroin.
Police also clamped down on illegal liquor outlets. Eight suspects were arrested for dealing in liquor illegally and police confiscated a total of 322.970 litres of liquor.
Roadblocks and vehicle check points were also held and resulted in the arrest of 17 suspects for driving under the influence of liquor.
Five of these suspects were involved in accidents on the road. Police urge all road users to refrain from driving whilst intoxicated as they are posing a danger to themselves and other road users. Due to these accidents lives can be lost or people can be badly injured.
In terms of the Act on Dangerous Weapons, police action resulted in the arrest of 23 suspects and nine suspects were arrested for the possession of housebreaking instruments.
Owners of motor vehicles are urged to take extra caution in safeguarding their vehicles, as seven suspects were arrested for the possession of stolen vehicles.
The cluster commander Major General Gregory Goss says police will continue clamping down on crime and the perpetrators thereof. Police will maintain their zero tolerance approach in the combatting and investigation of crime.
He commended his members for a job well done as well as the community for their involvement in reporting crime and criminals.
Major General Goss further appeals to the communities to make use of the rewards system that police have in place. Rewards in the form of money are given for information on crime and its perpetrators.
Anyone with information on crime can call the police at Crime Stop at 08600-10111 or at their local police station. All information will be treated as highly confidential.
Captain FC Van Wyk- 082 302 9906 [email protected]