Cri­me pre­ven­ti­on ‘blast’ de­li­vers re­sults

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Crime -

In w­hat is re­fer­red to by Knys­na po­li­ce as an “in­te­gra­ted cri­me pre­ven­ti­on blast”, a to­tal of 66 sus­pects we­re ar­res­ted o­ver the past wee­kend.

Ac­cor­ding to po­li­ce spo­kes­per­son Ser­ge­ant Chris S­pies, lo­cal po­li­ce wor­ked in con­juncti­on with the pu­blic or­der po­li­cing u­nit, E­den Clus­ter cri­me com­ba­ting te­am and the Knys­na pro­vin­ci­al traf­fic in ef­forts to curb va­ri­ous crimes af­fecting Knys­na com­mu­ni­ties, par­ti­cu­lar­ly crimes com­mit­ted a­gainst wo­man and child­ren.

“The o­pe­ra­ti­ons in­clu­ded vi­sits to va­ri­ous d­rug out­lets, vehi­cle check­points and stop-andse­arch o­pe­ra­ti­ons in cri­me hot spot a­re­as,” said S­pies.

The “blast” in­clu­ded the fol­lo­wing, ac­cor­ding to S­pies:

A 28-y­e­ar-old sus­pect was ar­res­ted in Whi­te Lo­ca­ti­on for attempted mur­der af­ter he al­le­ge­d­ly stab­bed a victim with a kni­fe.

The ar­rest of a 30-y­e­ar-old sus­pect in con­necti­on with a ra­pe that occur­red at Bar­ring­ton ne­ar Ka­ra­ta­ra.

Twen­ty sus­pects we­re ar­res­ted on d­rug­re­la­ted of­fen­ces due to the po­li­ce bro­a­de­ning their fo­cus on d­rug a­bu­se. The­se ca­ses re­la­te to de­a­ling and the pos­ses­si­on of il­le­gal d­rugs, and as a re­sult small a­mounts of dag­ga, tik and 39 Man­drax ta­blets we­re con­fis­ca­ted.

Three sus­pects we­re ar­res­ted af­ter they we­re po­si­ti­ve­ly lin­ked to hou­se­bre­a­king and theft ca­ses in the re­si­den­ti­al a­re­as of Knys­na e­ar­lier du­ring the wee­kend.

Six sus­pects we­re ar­res­ted af­ter sto­pand-se­arch o­pe­ra­ti­ons: one for pos­ses­si­on of sus­pected sto­len pro­per­ty; four for pos­ses­si­on of dan­ge­rous we­a­pons; and one sus­pect for pos­ses­si­on of hou­se­bre­a­king im­ple­ments.

Four pe­op­le we­re ar­res­ted for dri­ving mo­tor vehi­cles whi­le un­der the in­flu­en­ce of li­quor.

“Ot­her ar­res­ts in­clu­ded il­le­gal im­mi­grants and less se­ri­ous of­fen­ces,” ad­ded S­pies.

Knys­na po­li­ce sta­ti­on com­man­der Co­lo­nel At­well Me­tu com­men­ded the po­li­ce mem­bers for the­se ar­res­ts, and said that this ze­ro to­le­ran­ce ap­pro­ach will con­ti­nue throug­hout the month of Au­gust, with a spe­ci­al fo­cus on gen­der-ba­sed vi­o­lent crimes. –

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