Mass patrol, huge success!
Rustenburg – For the first time in the history of Rustenburg, a mass patrol of this magnitude took place. A 36-hour crime combating patrol was launched with an opening prayer.
On Friday 4 August a command and control centre was set up on the corner of Bult and Kerk Streets and from this point, a mass patrol was underway. This event saw both private and public sectors working hand in hand to combat crime. The goal of this operation was to create more visibility, crime fighting and crime prevention.
This patrol was manned by over 200 people, approximately 155 vehicles and a helicopter. This massive operation, organised by Johan de Klerk, chairman of security for AfriForum Rustenburg said: “This operation was conducted in the Rustenburg policing area with great success. The support and cooperation from the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) was phenomenal and all sectors worked well together.”
In an interview with the Platinum Weekly newspaper, Shadrack Kotsedi, director of Public Safety said: “Crime is everyone’s enemy. You can’t sit back; we all need to get involved and we must feel safe in our community.”
Steven Alexander, commander of the Rustenburg Commando told the Platinum Weekly newspaper: “The community benefits if we work together. We look forward to the next mass patrol.”
“Thank you for all the support at this event, if we all stand together like this, we will be combating crime before it occurs,” Tarien Cooks, manager of general support services for AfriForum said, “This nationally rolled out mass patrol initiative form part of AfriForum’s Project Nehemia.”
Friday 4 August 18h00 – Saturday 06h00: Friday night was a relatively quiet night; Public Safety impounded a vehicle for being non-road-worthy (Kremetart Avenue). A number of trespassing cases were attended to.
Saturday 5 August 06h00 – 18h00: Members of Public Safety were alerted to a vehicle in Leyds Street which had been hijacked on 21 July. The suspect tried to escape but was successfully apprehended.
Saturday night 18h00 – Sunday 06h00: Approximately every 30 minutes cases of trespassing were reported and attended to by patrols, and a break-in at business premises was reported on Dawes Street.
Sunday 06h00 – 12h00: A break-in at a residence in Francolin Avenue was reported at around 12h39. The suspect fled, scaling walls to escape arrest. Fortunately, patrols were able to apprehend the suspect in Fisant Avenue.
AfriForum would like to thank all everyone involved in this massive operation. They include:
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