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Youth arrests a cause for concern<p>It’s been another busy week for the City’s enforcement services, with Metro Police and Traffic Services arresting a total of 148 suspects.</p><p>More than 80 percent of the arrests were for driving under the influence, but it is the ten suspects arrested for possession of drugs, firearms and stolen property that is of real concern.</p><p>It is very unsettling that, as we commemorate youth month, our Metro Police Department is arresting suspects as young as 15 for very serious crimes.</p><ul><li>Just after midnight on Sunday, a 21-year-old woman was arrested for theft in the central business district after being caught on camera fleeing with a stolen cellphone</li><li>After 22:00 on Saturday evening, three young men aged 18 and 19 were taken into custody along with an older suspect caught in possession of a firearm in Bonteheuwel</li><li>On Friday, a 15-year-old was one of three suspects arrested for possession of drugs in Grassy Park</li><li>In Lavender Hill, a 21-year-old male was arrested for drug possession by the Metro Police Gang and Drug Task Team</li><li>The same officers later arrested a 16-year-old male for the same offence in Hanover Park</li><li>On Tuesday 5 June, two 17-year-old males were arrested for possession of a stolen motorcycle in Athlone</li><li>In Hanover Park, a 15-year-old was arrested for possession of drugs after a whistle-blower tipped off the Metro Police K9 unit that he was selling drugs on a street corner. His stash was found hidden in a nearby electrical b​ox</li></ul><p>Incidents like these highlight the need for greater intervention for youth at risk, because a conviction or continued life of crime can have consequences that are hard to shake. We need to address issues around young people by ensuring that they remain in school; have sustainable extra-mural activities to keep them occupied; and that their home environment is one where they’re able to thrive and receive guidance. Some of these are aspects that government can and should be involved in, but a lot of what needs to be done starts in the home.</p><p>Since 2013, the City’s Metro P​olice Department has hosted leadership and life skills programmes for thousands of young people through its youth camps, which culminated in the establishment of the Youth Cadet programme.</p> <span>​ <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/Metro%20police.JPG" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span>​​​ <p>In the latest camp this past weekend (pictured), 28 learners from Manenberg Secondary School attended a camp at the Princess Vlei Resort, with time spent on a range of activities from how to read a map to effective communication and leadership skills, the dangers of drugs and other substances and a demonstration by the Metro Police K9 unit.</p><p>​With the school holidays approaching, the City appeals to parents and young people to visit their local community centres and libraries where a number of programmes will be on offer to keep children occupied.</p><p> <b>End</b></p> ​2018-06-10T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#de50b27b-0e2c-4fd6-ad94-cef0ad3d3ce9;L0|#0de50b27b-0e2c-4fd6-ad94-cef0ad3d3ce9|youth cadets;GP0|#40b767e7-bd30-4256-b01a-0deec96a62b2;L0|#040b767e7-bd30-4256-b01a-0deec96a62b2|youth1

 

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