Police arrest 78 during weekend crime sweep

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Police officers in Tshwane central arrested 78 suspects in two days.

The SAPS’ weekend crime prevention operations were conducted in Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Lyttelton, Sunnyside, Silverton, Pretoria Moot and Villieria.

“The SAPS focused on contact, drug and property-related crimes during these operations,” said police spokesperson Captain Colette Weilbach.

“Seven arrests were made for possession of suspected stolen property, nine for theft, two for possession of car breaking equipment, six for fraud and two for house breaking and theft.”

She said police stations in the central cluster shared zero tolerance towards drug possession and abuse.

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Weilbach confirmed that 19 arrests were made for drug related offences.

“Three motorists were also arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.”

All of the people detained over the weekend will appear in the Hatfield community, and Pretoria magistrate’s court on Monday.

Weilbach says vehicle-related crimes, such as theft of, or from vehicles, was still a big concern for police.

“Most of these crimes can be prevented through basic precautionary measures,” she said.

“Any visible loose items left inside a vehicle create an opportunity for would-be criminals to commit a crime. Motorists are requested to remove all items from the vehicle before travelling.”

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Weilbach said the safest place to keep valuables such as handbags was not underneath car seats, but to be locked up in the boot of the vehicle.

“Keep doors and windows locked while driving. Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious-looking characters and do not hesitate to report them to the police.”

Weilbach said: “The SAPS recommends that motorists should not support beggars and street sellers at intersections.

“Not only are their activities illegal and dangerous to themselves and motorists, they also create opportunities for criminals to commit crimes.”

She said motorists must always make sure their doors were locked when parked.

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“Remote jamming can happen anywhere at any time, even at secured parking areas at shopping malls, office blocks, schools and filling stations.”

Weilbach urged residents to report suspicious activities, by calling police on 10111.

Information with regard to crimes can be given to police anonymously by phoning 08600 10111 or by sending an SMS to 32211.

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