174 arrested for crime committed in festive season

Police arrested a total of 174 people in Cosmo City, Honeydew and some parts of Roodepoort for crimes committed during the Festive Season, police reported.

Police had to be vigilant to combat crime during Christmas period, Honeydew police spokesperson Captain Balan Muthan told the Chronicle, because people tend to commit more crime during the holidays.

 “Some people use illegal means to get money to travel during the holidays and we had to be on our toes during the festive. Up to date we have managed to arrest quite a number of crime perpetrators,” he said.  “Through our Festive Season operations, we caught people in connection with house breaking and robbery. We also arrested more people for drinking and driving.”

Police stations contributing to the arrest of the criminals in local communities during the festive season are Honeydew, Randburg Diepsloot, Douglasdale, Linden and Florida.

Operations were conducted by all the police stations leading to many roadblocks where law enforcers stopped and searched vehicles throughout the policing areas, Captain Muthan said.

“New constables from college also participated in the programme boosting the visibility of patrols at malls and shopping centres. All liquor stores and other liquor outlets were closed during the specified times as well. These operations will continue until further notice.”

All arrested suspects will appear in various magistrate courts. Captain Muthan thanked all the police for their efforts to bring peace in the communities during the festive season.

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