Nearly 200 arrests were made over the last quarter after the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement made their presence known in the CBD.
Between July and September, a dedicated team of 100 officers made 185 arrests and issued 5 011 fines for traffic and by-law offences in an effort to address an alarming increase in crime over the preceding three month period.
The deployment came just as crime statistics between April and June showed an increase in a number of categories reported to the Cape Town Central police station.
The officers work in shifts, ensuring a 24-hour Law Enforcement presence in the CBD.
This is in addition to the general Area Law Enforcement, Traffic and Metro Police deployments.
“Our intention was to stop the rise in crime in the CBD and move closer to realising a space where everyone can feel safer. I’m thrilled to see it’s working. Visible policing is a simple concept, but is of crucial importance to not only prevent crime, but also give peace of mind to residents and visitors. We are confident it is going to continue making a real difference for all who work, live and visit the CBD,” said Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.
Most of these were for possession of drugs (75) and riotous behavior (31) while police also made 14 arrests for possession of dangerous offences.
Four were taken into custody for housebreaking, dealing in liquor and possession of suspected stolen…