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Lack of police action comes under spotlight

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“We went to open a case at the station and when we arrived there were no police officers to help us. We had to wait more than half an hour for someone to assist us.”

DETERRENT: In an attempt to curb crime in the CBD, the police are rotationally placing mobile police units around the city which will serve as fully-fledged community centres, where the public can make use of these units to obtain affidavits, get certifications, open cases and report crime. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE LACK of police action came under the spotlight recently when city residents complained that they either waited for hours for the men and women in blue to arrive or they did not arrive at all.

In one social media post, a resident stated that she contacted the police when robbers entered her yard. By the time the police arrived, the robbers had been able to return and steal more items.

In another incident an apparently abandoned vehicle was reported to the police. According to those who reported it, the police indicated that they would run the licence plate to try and find the owner. A day after reporting it, the vehicle was still standing where it had been parked in New Park.

A resident also complained about the lack of service at the Phakamile Mabija police station.

“We went to open a case at the station and when we arrived there were no police officers to help us. We had to wait more than half an hour for someone to assist us.”

Police spokesperson Captain Sergio Kock said that the SAPS had an objective to prevent, combat and investigate crime, maintain public order, to protect and secure the inhabitants of the Republic and their property, and to uphold and enforce the law.

“With this in mind, we can assure the community that the police views the mentioned incidents in a very serious light and is giving it the necessary attention,” said Kock.

“Police can also confirm that attention was given to the matter relating to the vehicle and the house-breaking complaints in the mentioned incidents.

“We would also like to point out that residents with complaints can report these to the Community Service Centre commander or to the station commander so that immediate attention is given to the matter,” Kock added.

In an attempt to curb crime, the police are rotationally placing mobile police units around the city.

According to police spokesperson Captain Tessa Jansen, the units are fully-fledged community centres. “The public can make use of these units to obtain affidavits, get certifications, open cases and report crime.”

Jansen said that these mobile units are rotated depending on the time of the month. “For instance, on pay days it will be stationed in town. We even send it out to areas such as Platfontein and Riverton. We also use it to dispatch patrols.”