TO ensure the safety of residents following reports of increased petty crimes in areas such as Glenwood, Umbilo and Davenport, the City has deployed more Metro Police officers to beef up police visibility.
Metro Police Senior Superintendent, Ashley Dove said the City had been inundated with calls from victims, reporting cases of muggings and assault by ruthless criminals. “Following the reports, we conducted a major crime prevention operation in the areas on 19 January and we found that the scourge was prevailing and there was a group preying on unsuspecting residents,” he said.
Dove said the recent operation had excellent results. “During the operation we apprehended 15 vagrants, of which two of them are on the South African Police Service (SAPS) most wanted list. One suspect was wanted for two different robberies at Davenport,” he said. Dove said the suspect had robbed two respected ambassadors who had been visiting the City.
The deployment of more Metro Police officers to crime hotspots, Dove said, would not only ensure the safety of residents but also visitors to the City. Meanwhile, Metro Police has intensified by-law enforcement operation in parts of the City. Metro Police Deputy Head of Operations, Steve Middleton said on 26 January, the Unit held a clean-up operation in conjunction with the Durban Solid Waste Unit.
In addition to the daily clean up, the operation included the implementation of the Nuisances and Behaviour in Public Places By-law which addresses littering, drinking in public, vagrancy and noise pollution. Middleton said during this particular enforcement numerous vagrants were apprehended. “With the daily enforcement we aim to combat the issue of by-law transgressions.” Residents can report by-law transgressions and crime to the Metro Police on 031 361 0000 or by contacting SAPS.firstname.lastname@example.org