Mo­bi­le cri­me fig­hting for P­lett

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Crime -

P­let­ten­berg Bay cri­me fig­h­ters ha­ve a new re­sour­ce in its ar­mou­ry – a new mo­bi­le joint o­pe­ra­ti­o­nal cen­t­re, in the form of a ca­ra­van.

C­hair of the P­let­ten­berg Bay Cri­me Pre­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on (PBCPA), Bru­ce Ri­chard­son, said at the launch of the cen­t­re on Mon­day, Au­gust 7 that it had been pur­cha­sed by PBCPA o­pe­ra­ti­o­nal he­ad Ot­to O­li­vier, who is al­so part of P­lett Se­cu­ri­ty, and An­dries Trahms of Sm­hart Alarms.

It was e­quip­ped with con­tri­bu­ti­ons ma­de by, a­mong ot­hers, Bu­co, K­wikspar, Dun­lop Zo­ne, P­lett Wa­tch mem­bers and Did­get.

“We are very gra­te­ful to all con­cer­ned as this will as­sist in ta­king cri­me com­ba­ting and e­mer­gen­cy ser­vi­ces to a new le­vel. The ca­ra­van will be ex­ten­si­ve­ly e­quip­ped and be an in­de­pen­dent o­pe­ra­ti­o­nal u­nit which can be de­ploy­ed by any mem­ber or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on of the PBCPA to ser­vi­ce o­pe­ra­ti­o­nal needs,” Ri­chard­son said.

He said that its ba­se would be at the To­tal garage ne­ar the Be­a­con Is­land ho­tel from w­he­re its re­sour­ces would be char­ged and the ca­ra­van de­ploy­ed.

This was on­ly the first tic­ked i­tem on their wish list, Ri­chard­son said. “E­ven with this new re­sour­ce we need to con­ti­nue to grow and e­quip the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on and ta­ke it to a new le­vel as we seek to e­li­mi­na­te cri­me from our streets. As we bring pres­su­re on cri­mi­nals o­pe­ra­ting in our a­rea and a­dapt to their chan­ges in be­ha­vi­our, they do li­ke­wi­se and we need to keep a­he­ad of the ga­me and keep the pres­su­re on them. Tar­ge­ting cri­me is to tar­get a mo­ving tar­get and it is ti­me we took an o­pe­ra­ti­o­nal qu­an­tum le­ap for­ward.”

He said the PBCPA exe­cu­ti­ve com­mit­tee has, af­ter ca­re­ful con­si­de­ra­ti­on, co­me to the con­clu­si­on that t­he­re is a need to pur­cha­se, e­quip and em­ploy staff for o­pe­ra­ting a de­di­ca­ted PBCPA pa­trol vehi­cle.

“One of the we­ak­nes­ses we pre­sent­ly ha­ve in terms of our o­pe­ra­ti­ons is that all tho­se in­vol­ved are part-ti­me vo­lun­teers. Our re­spon­se ti­me to a call-out is ex­tra­or­di­na­ry, but all par­ti­ci­pants need to re­turn to fa­mi­lies or jobs. In short, the on-si­te du­ra­ti­on is re­la­ti­ve­ly short which gi­ves cri­mi­nals the op­por­tu­ni­ty to go in­to hi­ding and re­turn to their acti­vi­ties on­ce the re­spon­ders ha­ve re­tur­ned to ot­her du­ties,” he said.

“A de­di­ca­ted vehi­cle will ha­ve no such con­straints and will be a­ble to re­main on si­te until the pro­blem is re­sol­ved.”

Ri­chard­son said tho­se car­rying out pa­trol­ling and re­spon­ding are on­ly be­ne­fi­ting from very li­mi­ted spon­sors­hip and are lar­ge­ly u­sing their own re­sour­ces. “If we spre­ad the lo­ad, the con­tri­bu­ti­on ma­de by e­ach one of us for the be­ne­fit re­cei­ved will be very small,” he con­clu­ded.

P­let­ten­berg Bay Cri­me Pre­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on (PBCPA) mem­bers are thril­led with their new cri­me-fig­hting ca­ra­van. P­ho­to: Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

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