Off-ro­ad ve­hi­cle for P­lett c­ri­me fig­h­ters

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Nuus | News - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

P­let­ten­berg Bay c­ri­me fig­h­ters’ ar­se­nal is gro­wing with the la­test ad­di­ti­on of a ve­hi­cle to pur­sue sus­pects off the be­a­ten track.

The P­let­ten­berg Bay C­ri­me P­re­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on (PBCPA) was re­cent­ly spon­so­red a Toyo­ta Land Crui­ser to boost their ef­forts. T­his com­ple­ments the or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on’s re­cent­ly a­cqui­red tools which in­clu­de, a­mong ot­hers, an ar­mou­red ve­hi­cle, a mo­tor­cy­cle, a ra­pid re­spon­se as well as a dog u­nit.

O­pe­ra­ti­ons he­ad Ot­to O­li­vier says re­spon­ders ha­ve found it dif­fi­cult to pur­sue sus­pects off-ro­ad and the­re­fo­re nee­ded a ve­hi­cle for the job.

The PBCPA is a com­bi­ned ef­fort by se­ver­al P­let­ten­berg Bay c­ri­me fig­h­ters in­clu­ding lo­cal po­li­ce, mu­ni­ci­pal law en­for­ce­ment, pri­va­te se­cu­ri­ty com­pa­nies, neig­hbour­hood wa­tch groups and ot­her vo­lun­teers, to pre­vent c­ri­me in the Bi­tou a­rea.

O­li­vier says an Ai­r­port Ro­ad neig­hbour­hood wa­tch mem­ber he­ard a­bout their need for an off-ro­ad ve­hi­cle and de­ci­ded to do­na­te an old Land Crui­ser to as­sist.

“It is an old ve­hi­cle and nee­ded qui­te a bit of work in­clu­ding fix­ing the clutch, ge­ar­box, le­af springs and ot­her is­su­es,” O­li­vier says.

He adds that lo­cal bu­si­nes­ses ca­me to the res­cue, with Ga­ry’s Mo­tor S­pa­res spon­so­ring se­ver­al parts, whi­le Dun­lop Zo­ne P­let­ten­berg Bay ga­ve the ve­hi­cle a new set of ty­res. O­li­vier said Eras­mus Pa­nel­be­a­ters al­so made su­re the ve­hi­cle look­ed the part.

“We are cur­rent­ly in the pro­cess of sor­ting out the fi­nal pa­per­work be­fo­re we can put the Land Crui­ser to use,” he says, ad­ding that he be­lie­ves the ve­hi­cle would be u­ti­li­sed by the ti­me the fes­ti­ve se­a­son ar­ri­ves.

O­li­vier says the PBCPA does qui­te a bit of work in the to­wn’s sur­roun­ding bus­hes and that the ve­hi­cle is a very wel­co­me ad­di­ti­on.

The P­let­ten­berg Bay C­ri­me P­re­ven­ti­on As­so­ci­a­ti­on re­cei­ved a Toyo­ta Land Crui­ser which un­der­went a fa­ce­lift thanks to lo­cal bu­si­nes­ses.

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