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Enforcement effective in crime prevention <p>​</p><p>Officers from the City's Metro Police Department issued 5 687 fines and arrested 167 suspects during weekly operations. Of the total amount of arrests made, 32 were for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and 82 for the possession of or dealing in drugs. Other arrests made were for firearm, contact, property and commercial related offences. </p><p>On Sunday, 24 July 2022, a CCTV camera operator in Goodwood observed a suspect walking in Bokmakierie Street, Athlone with a firearm in his hand. The operator immediately notified the South African Police Service(SAPS) and Metro Police officers. While officers were on their way, CCTV operators monitored the suspect  and noticed that he entered a property in Bokmakierie Street. Upon the arrival of SAPS and Metro Police, the operator guided the officers to the house where the suspect was hiding. The premises was searched and SAPS was informed that they discovered a firearm. The male suspect was arrested and  detained at Athlone SAPS.<br></p><p>During another patrol  on Saturday night, 23 July 2022, officers conducted  a planned Driving under the influence of alcohol enforcement operation in Khayelitsha at the corners of Steve Biko and Walter Sisulu streets. Officers arrested 13 suspects between 21 and 45 years for driving under the influence of alcohol. The suspects  were booked in at Harare SAPS.<br></p><p><strong>TRAFFIC SERVICE </strong></p><p>Traffic officers issued 69 079 fines and arrested 37 suspects for various road, driver and vehicle safety transgressions. Officers  impounded 170  public transport vehicles and executed 1 606 warrants of arrest. Of the arrests made, 24 were for driving under the influence of alcohol and 13 for reckless and negligent driving. <br></p><p><strong>LAW ENFORCEMENT </strong></p><p>Law Enforcement officers conducted 504 operations during which officers issued 4 506 fines and arrested 114 suspects. Of those arrested Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers<span lang="EN-US" style="text-decoration:line-through;"> </span>made 100 arrests. Sixty of those were drug related. <br></p><p>On Friday evening, 22 July 2022, officers were on crime prevention patrols in Manenberg when they received information about a possible criminal act at a property in Seine Walk. Officers visited the address and saw  ten males gathering at the back of the property. Officers noted that one of the men was walking to the back of the yard, Officers then approached the unknown suspect and  searched him and found a  firearm with one magazine and three 9mm rounds. The suspect was detained at Manenberg SAPS for further investigation.<br></p><p>On Sunday, 24 July 2022, officers were conducting vehicle check patrols with Gugulethu SAPS at NY 78, Gugulethu. Officers noticed a suspicious white Hyundai approaching, which turned back when the officers were spotted. Officers pursued the vehicle and brought it to a halt at NY 94 where they found three occupants, two males and a female in the vehicle. The officers searched the vehicle and the suspects and found a Norinco 9mm firearm, one magazine and eight 9mm live rounds in their possession. The suspects could not submit proof of a licence for the firearm and ammunition.<br></p><p>The suspects were arrested for the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition and detained at Gugulethu SAPS where the evidence was handed in. <br></p><p>'The past week has once again showed that our integrated approach in combatting crime, including working closely with SAPS pays off and that our presence in communities leads to successful arrests. There seems to be an increase in arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol and the confiscation of illegal firearms. The City's enforcement agencies will increase operations in hotspot areas. Officers will follow up on any crime related information received and will work closely with community organisations and our Neighbourhood Watches. These organisations play an important crime prevention role in communities,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br></p><p>Residents can report any criminal activity or emergency by contacting the PECC on 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p> </p><p><br></p>2022-07-24T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#1590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63;L0|#01590d31e-7ad8-4e2e-9ac0-344400d98f63|traffic services10


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