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Suspected car thief hits a dead end <p>Metro Police officers were conducting a vehicle check point in Grassy Park on Sunday morning just before 10:00 when a driver refused to stop, and instead sped off.</p><p>Officers caught up with the suspect in Victoria Road, and soon discovered why he tried to get away – the vehicle had been reported stolen in Delft. </p><p>A 35-year-old suspect was detained at Grassy Park SAPS.</p><p>Over the weekend, officers also recovered a Toyota Avanza and Renault KWID that had been hijacked in separate incidents – the KWID was found parked outside the Metro Police base in Philippi – as well as a stolen motorbike in Eerste River, after receiving a tip off.</p><p>In addition, Metro Police officers have also recovered at least six firearms in the past two weeks, one of which was reported stolen in 1993.</p><p>'In the first quarter of this financial year, Metro Police officers recovered 10 stolen vehicles. Now, in just the space of two weeks, they've had a hand in recovering at least six vehicles. Vehicle theft is unfortunately one of the many challenges that we face, but I also urge the public to please be cautious. Park in secure areas where possible, check that your car is locked and be very vigilant while on the road. What's also of interest and concern is that at least one of the stolen vehicles linked back to a Johannesburg case, as well as a firearm recovered by our Traffic officers. I do hope that the police investigations into these matters are able to provide some clarity on how these items ended up in our city,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith. </p><p>During general enforcement efforts over the past week, the Metro Police Department made 102 arrests, including 19 for driving under the influence. Officers also issued 3 960 traffic and by-law fines.</p><p>Cape Town Traffic Officers recorded 64 550 offences in the past week, made 60 arrests (48 for drunk driving and 12 for reckless and negligent driving), impounded 296 vehicles and executed 3 272 warrants of arrest.</p><p>On Sunday, 12 November, Traffic officers recovered a firearm during a vehicle checkpoint, that had been reported stolen in Katlehong in 2007.</p><p>The checkpoint, in Mitchells Plain, also resulted in 31 arrests for driving under the influence of alcohol – the highest reading was 2,19mg/1000ml - nearly ten times over the legal limit. </p><p>Their Law Enforcement counterparts conducted 628 operations, made 236 arrests and issued 3 308 notices.</p><p>The Public Emergency Communication Centre (PECC) recorded 2 358 incidents, including 111 fires, 178 cases of assault, 46 cases of domestic violence and 76 road accidents.<br></p><p><br></p><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2023-11-12T22:00:00ZGP0|#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|#6b3ab57b-db09-4db3-909f-c25f0d726fac;L0|#06b3ab57b-db09-4db3-909f-c25f0d726fac|traffic department;GP0|#78273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255;L0|#078273557-84e5-4b4e-8960-1153e6941255|Metro police;GP0|#4bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec;L0|#04bcb251f-1166-4a1c-8ee5-d33721046dec|law enforcement10

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