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Emergency data a sobering reminder as the festive season starts<p>Last weekend, the Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) recorded 2 223 incidents, including 122 fires, 196 cases of assault, 51 cases of domestic violence and 82  road accidents.</p><p>This past weekend, there were 2 585 incidents – including 132 fires, 230 cases of assault, 73 domestic violence cases and 96 road accidents.</p><p>In addition, a motorist was clocked doing 170 km/h in a 60 zone – one of more than 20 000 speeding offences recorded.</p><p>'These statistics offer a glimpse into the type of behaviour that some among us deem acceptable, but also what many individuals and households have to endure. It is likely that the actual picture is far more grim, as not all incidents are reported to the same channels, or even reported or detected at all. Alcohol and drugs are major contributing factors, placing an enormous strain on our health, rescue and enforcement resources,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p><strong>GENERAL ENFORCEMENT</strong></p><p>In the past week, officers arrested 333 suspects and issued 50 264 fines.</p><p>Metro Police officers arrested 54 suspects and issued 2531 fines for various transgressions. </p><p>Law Enforcement officers conducted more than 550 enforcement operations during which 211 suspects were arrested. </p><p>Officers also  issued 3162 fines for various transgressions. </p><p>On the roads, Traffic officers issued 44 571 fines and arrested 68 motorists of which 55 were for driving under the influence of alcohol and seven for reckless and negligent driving. The other arrests were for a stolen vehicle, false documentation and assault on an officer.</p><p>Officers also impounded 212 vehicles and executed 3 349 warrants of arrest. </p><p>'We are now officially into the festive season, so the demands on our services will only increase, particularly as we count down to Christmas and New Year. I want to appeal to the public once more, to err on the side of caution, to be mindful of how their actions impact not only themselves, but also those around them, and to please report any potential threats to public safety to the City's Public Emergency Communication Centre,' added Alderman Smith.</p><p>Residents are reminded to phone 021 480 77 00 from a cell phone and 107 from a landline to report any criminal activity or emergency.</p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-12-03T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50;L0|#03bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50|JP Smith;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#3f57ea8a-3adb-4a8f-bb3a-0a20a62c7fe9;GP0|#5615f8a8-1812-4aba-8cfc-472bd2b5937e;L0|#05615f8a8-1812-4aba-8cfc-472bd2b5937e|PECC;GP0|#1590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63;L0|#01590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63|traffic services;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement;GP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police10

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