There has been a steady increase in incidents of crime since the lift of the hard-lockdown regulations, with double the number of incidents of crime in August compared to June. This increase was expected, due to more activity on our streets as life has returned to a level of normality.
In August, a total of 19 incidents were reported. 8 out of 14 arrests were for theft, and the remaining 6 were for assault and public fighting.
Recently, we’ve been focusing on crime in the the Strand Street quarry, due to the number of complaints received from residents in the surrounding areas. A joint crime operation was recently held with our partners SAPS, Metro Police, traffic services, City law enforcement and the City’s canine unit. The quarry was raided and a total of 9 perpetrators were arrested, and one 13-year-old child removed under the Child Care Act. The City’s CCTS unit frequently assists in identifying suspects linked to those residing at the quarry, but we urge you to remain vigilant while in the De Waterkant and surrounding areas, and always make sure that your vehicle is locked and valuables are out of sight.
Our maintenance team has been busy installing several additional CCTV cameras around our area. We hope that this will lessen criminal activity and help our GP/OKCID patrollers track criminals.
Remember to keep our 24 patrol vehicle numbers on hand for assistance:
GP CID PATROL VEHICLE
082 214 3228
OK CID PATROL VEHICLE
082 217 1386