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Safety and Security festive season roundup<p>​</p><span><p>'It has been an incredibly busy festive season, and our staff have stood up to the challenges as well as our resources have allowed. I thank them for showing up, day in and day out, not only the uniformed staff members across our enforcement and emergency services, but also those behind the scenes. The task was made more challenging by the behaviour of a minority who has no regard for the law, and no interest in taking accountability for their own actions. Our alcohol confiscations soared, and while there is a drop in the overall litres confiscated, that is only because people are employing different tactics to get alcohol into our public spaces. Bottles of spirits have now become sachets; large beers have been replaced by smaller bottles, and tales also abound of people disguising alcohol as babies wrapped in blankets, or using their children's milk and juice bottles to smuggle alcohol onto the beaches. We cannot carry on like this, and perhaps it is time to consider instituting stronger measures against transgressors,' said the City's Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.</p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1257px;" /> </figure>​​</span><span><p><strong>ALCOHOL CONFISCATIONS</strong><br></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>PERIOD</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>BOTTLES</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:33.3333%;"><strong>LITRES</strong></td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1 Dec 2022 – 2 Jan 2023</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">18 584</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">6 699</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1 Dec 2021 – 4 Jan 2022</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">8 699</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">4 786,66</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1 Dec 2020 – 5 Jan 2021</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">2 352</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1 718</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1 Dec 2019 – 9 Jan 2020</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">13 474</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7 747,93</td></tr><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default">1 Dec 2018 – 15 Jan 2019</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">11 389</td><td class="ms-rteTable-default">7 299,72<br></td></tr></tbody></table><p><strong><br></strong></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1072px;" /> </figure>​​</span><p><strong>ENFORCEMENT SERVICES</strong></p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Law enforcement</strong> officers made 686 arrests and issued 23 070 fines for various transgressions. In addition, LEAP officers recovered 22 firearms and made 25 arrests linked to the recovery of firearms and/or imitation firearms.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Metro Police</strong> officers made 332 arrests and issued 13 605 fines for traffic and by-law transgressions. Officers also recovered 11 firearms, six imitation firearms and 240 rounds of ammunition, with 24 arrests. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Cape Town</strong> <strong>Traffic Officers</strong> arrested 273 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol and 46 for reckless and negligent driving. They also executed 4 667 warrants, impounded 515 public transport vehicles and recorded 272 682 transgressions.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>EMERGENCY SERVICES</strong></p><p> </p><p>The <strong>Fire & Rescue Service</strong> responded to a total of 3 442 emergency incidents.</p><p> </p><p>Among these were approximately 1 800 vegetation fires, 269 informal structural fires, 439 motor vehicle accidents, 167 pedestrians knocked down and 145 trauma incidents. During the period, 27 persons died as a result of fires.</p><p> </p><p>The <strong>Public Emergency Communication Centre</strong> recorded 22 410 incidents of which 39% were calls for medical assistance and 19% related to by-law transgressions.</p><p> </p><p>In addition, they also recorded 1 501 calls relating to assault cases, 617 motor vehicle and pedestrian accidents, 520 cases of domestic violence, 219 complaints about drinking in public, 201 calls related to self-harm and 111 complaints related to the illegal sale and/or discharge of fireworks</p><p> </p><p>The City's <strong>Disaster Risk Management Centre</strong> played a pivotal role in coordinating the response to high stages of load-shedding experienced in December, as well as the City's multi-agency Festive Season Coordinating Committee.</p><p> </p><p>Staff also conducted assessments following 130 fires at informal and formal residential premises, and three informal structure flooding incidents.</p><p> </p><p>A total of 415 staff members and DRMC volunteers were deployed to beaches and major events including sporting events, festivals and the Tweede Nuwejaar and Cape Malay road marches.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-01-04T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda;L0|#0633591e2-ed41-4816-9750-3d5f5090deda|illegal activity;GP0|#bd01eb1e-7d40-47f8-913c-811c687e6ce1;L0|#0bd01eb1e-7d40-47f8-913c-811c687e6ce1|Beaches10

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