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City’s enforcement agencies bring hundreds to book, issue more than 83 000 fines<p>​Law Enforcement   <br>On Thursday, 11 February 2021, Law Enforcement officers came to the rescue of a  resident who was robbed of her handbag at gunpoint. Officers chased down and apprehended the suspect in Lansdowne road. The handbag, with its contents, was returned to the victim, who was grateful for the excellent assistance by the officers.   </p><p>On Sunday, 14 February 2021, LEAP officers arrested four suspects who were involved in an armed robbery at Cash Crusaders in Hanover Park. The stolen vehicle that the suspects used to  flee the scene were chased down and apprehended. Ammunition and a firearm were found in the vehicle. The suspects were detained at Philippi SAPS. It was later established the vehicle used was reported stolen earlier this year. LEAP officers worked closely with SAPS to ensure that all the elements of the criminal investigation are covered.  </p><p>The Cash Crusaders manager positively identified all four  suspects at SAPS. The following charges was registered against the accused:</p><ul><li>Armed robbery</li><li>Illegal possession of a firearm</li><li>Illegal possession of ammunition</li><li>Possession of stolen vehicle</li><li>Possession of presumed stolen property</li></ul><p>The 9mm pistol serial number was filed off and eight live rounds were found in the magazine. </p><p>All items and money stolen from the shop were successfully recovered by the LEAP staff.</p><p>‘The swift action and successful arrests by our LEAP officers demonstrated their operational effectiveness in assisting other City enforcement agencies and the South African Police Service. The LEAP project, in partnership with the Western Cape Provincial Government, created the positions for the first 500 officers who were assigned to the highest crime areas in Cape Town. Currently, the next 500 officers are being trained and once they complete their training, they will be deployed to assist in high crime areas,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br>.                                              ,’ <br>Metro Police<br>Metro Police officers issued 499 fines for By-law transgressions and arrested 58 suspects. Of those arrested, 31 were for illegal possession and/or dealing in drugs.</p><p>On Saturday,  13 February 2021, officers were patrolling Vallei Road in Blackheath when they stopped and searched a suspicious male person and upon searching the suspect, they found 23 bankies of dagga in his possession. The 19-year-old suspect was arrested for possession of drugs and detained at Kleinvlei SAPS. Often those dealing in dagga are found to be dealing in other narcotics as was discovered the previous day.</p><p>On Friday, 12 February 2021,  Metro Police officers visited a well-known drug house at Msindweni The Island,  Khayelitsha after receiving  information that drugs were being  sold at the premises. The house was searched and officers seized two Mandrax, eight Methamphetamine and 19 small bankies of  Dagga.  A male suspect, aged 37, was arrested for the illegal possession of drugs and was detained at Harare SAPS.</p><p>‘We will continue with our crime prevention interventions and will initiate new programmes to increase our effectiveness. The operational successes the past week showed that our integrated approach in dealing with criminals pays off.  We call on community members to assist us in reporting any suspicious or criminal activity to 021 480 7700. If a member of the public is aware of a criminal activity, they should immediately inform our enforcement agencies – we need to stop the criminal activity at the source before a crime is committed,’ said Alderman Smith.</p><p>Members of the public should report criminal activity by phoning the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone and 107 from a landline.</p>2021-02-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GP0|#fa398fa6-831f-4358-9c72-e9afa39997c9;L0|#0fa398fa6-831f-4358-9c72-e9afa39997c9|SAPS10


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