Policing for a safer festive season
By Mandisi Tyulu
12 December 2008
The South African Police Services in the Western Cape is committed to achieve a safer festive season and therefore it will intensify its fight against crime by setting up crime-combating operations in the province.
Inspector Bheki Xulu says, We will conduct random searches, roadblocks, stop & search operations, distribute crime prevention literature, search premises, test vehicles, check firearms, search people as well as vehicles to name but a few. Criminals can expect the heat of our operations, while we request law abiding citizens to have consideration for our initiatives to ensure their safety.
“We would however like to extend a warning to the public to be vigilant at all times.
During this time of the year criminals target people knowing : - * that contractors or business owners withdraw large sums of money at banks for bonuses and pay-outs * that construction owners might do on site payments to their workers ; and * that others (for example factory workers) might receive and travel with their holiday bonuses By volunteering information on criminals and their activities and by taking reasonable steps to ensure their own personal safety, community members, business enterprises and other organizations can partner the SAPS in order to act against crime together.