Friday, November 14, 2008

Western Cape Police to make holidays safer

By Yamkela Xhaso
14 November


Police in the Western Cape are preparing to make the upcoming festive season safer than it was in the past. Western Cape Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros said as people will have lots of money, they will be targeted by criminals.

Commissioner Petros briefed the media yesterday the police will come up with projects that will increase safety during holidays.

“We’ve been saying of the past three years that each season must be safer than the previous one” said Petros

Mzwandile said this year they will come with projects and one of the projects will be the Bishpo Lavis where people are being shot at “where there have been two murders in the past two months”.

Mzwandile said this can be attributed to the gangs and gangsterism and the police have the project of dealing with them.

The police will also be focusing on drugs and drug outlets in the area.

This season is known for its high drug usage by the people who visit the province and those within it.

“Another project is for the people who being robbed on their way from bank particularly the construction workers” added Petros

These people get robbed in the construction sites and if they have lots of money with them they must make sure they have security around in banks.

“They must be vigilant when they withdraw a lot of money”

Mzwandile urged workers no to have lot of money with because on their way home they are on their most vulnerable to get robbed either on the driveway or just before they get to the next shop after withdrawing.

“We will be forming alliances with other law-enforcement agencies like the Arrive-Alive campaign”

The police will also mobilise communities to be eyes and ears of the police.

Mzwandlile said this strategy will be co-ordinated twenty four hours seven days a week.

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