Police efforts made for a safer Centurion during the festive season

The new Constables at the Lyttelton police station in Centurion.

Police in Centurion worked non-stop over the festive season to ensure a safe holiday for residents and visitors.

Public drinking and driving under the influence remained a big problem though.

Fifteen police operations were held in Lyttelton and 32 people were arrested for drinking alcohol in public, driving under the influence and robberies, said police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller.

People were also arrested for being in possession of car break-in implements, said Miller.

“We would to thank all our members who worked over the festive season to make sure that our community was safe,” said Miller.

He said that 2018 is off to a good start as the Lyttelton police station recently got 32 new constables.

Miller said the new members will be instrumental in combating crime in the area.

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“With the added manpower, there will be a dedicated crime prevention unit,” said Miller.

“Combating crime in the area is our number one priority in 2018.”

The Wierdabrug police station also made high police visibility during the festive season their priority.

“Crime was down during the festive season due to police visibility,” said police spokesperson Captain Agnes Huma.

She said the Wierdabrug police held special operations, including roadblocks as well as routine stop-and-search checks.

With schools opening soon Huma said parents must make sure that valuable items are not visible in their vehicles when dropping off kids at school.

The Erasmia police station also participated in numerous crime prevention operations over the festive period.

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These operations yielded great success, said police spokesperson Constable Tumisang Moloto.

“A number of people were arrested for offences such as murder, business robberies, theft and assaults,” he said.

Moloto also highlighted that drinking and driving was one of the most problematic offences during the festive season.

“We had our hands full,” he said.

Moloto said many offences could have been avoided since the public was issued with safety tip pamphlets.

“Hopefully, we will have better cooperation from the public in future,” said Moloto.

He also thanked local community policing forums.

“They have been working closely and tirelessly with the police.”



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