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Metro police sees increase in arrests

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Metro police officers have made over 3 000 arrests during July and December 2022. This has seen a 59% increase in arrests over a six-month period compared to the same period in 2021.

 

The most notable increases were recorded in the confiscation of drugs, firearms, and ammunition, as well as assistance or incidents responded to on the N2 and R300.

 

Category July – Dec 2022 July – Dec 2021
Arrests 3 089 1 830
Drugs confiscated (units) 11 951,75 10 054,25
Firearms recovered (incl. homemade) 40 21
Imitation firearms recovered 45 23
Ammunition 446 421
Stolen/abandoned vehicles recovered 34 23
N2/R300 incidents 1 967 1 564
Attacks on officers 25 25

 

‘The increase in arrests and related successes can be attributed to a number of factors, including increased operations, both autonomous and joint undertakings with SAPS; ongoing and growing cooperation from members of the public who are sharing information about criminal activity, and our continued investment in technology and additional resources to amplify our policing efforts,’ said Mayco Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.

 

 

Smith says the department also conducts ongoing education and awareness drives, whether it’s the K9 Unit’s public displays or exhibitions. Most recently, a pamphlet drive was implemented to highlight the risks of smash-and-grab incidents. During the activation, Metro police officers found that many motorists are still driving with handbags and other valuables on their seats or clearly visible inside the vehicles.

 

Metro police officer handing a pamphlet to a driver

 

Road users are urged to remember that they too have a role to play in crime prevention; not only by reporting suspicious activity but also being alert and taking steps to reduce the risk of falling victim to crime. Reports show that motorists are most vulnerable when coming to a stop at an intersection and are often distracted by their cell phones or other means.

 

Motorist incidents

 

The Metro Police Strategic Surveillance Unit is a key stakeholder in monitoring for, and dispatching resources to address incidents of crime, including smash-and-grab incidents. In the last six months, 171 such incidents were detected by CCTV operators, with most incidents occurring between 3pm and 9pm. Jakes Gerwel Drive between the N2 and Voortrekker Road remains a hotspot.

 

The Department registered 300 theft out of motor vehicle incidents at intersections during the same period – these are cases where items are stolen from stationary vehicles, where motorists are driving with open windows, or doors unlocked.

 

READ MORE: Arrests, fines and incidents decreased

 

The City urges the public to be extremely vigilant while on the road, not just at known hotspots, but at all times, as these crimes are opportunistic in nature and can occur at any time.

 

Residents are reminded to phone 021 480 77 00 from a cell phone and 107 from a landline to report any criminal activity or emergency.

Danielle Mentoor
Danielle Mentoor
Danielle is Smile FM's PM drive news reader. She has been in the radio industry since 2020 and started her career at a community radio station. When she's not keeping you up to date with the latest news, she's exploring the outdoors.

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