The West Rand Cluster Police, which consists of 13 police stations, recently announced that they made 339 arrests between 26 December and 1 January.
In Tarlton, police made 11 arrests during the New Years weekend alone, for crimes ranging from rape and drunk driving to illegal mining.
In Krugersdorp, the police also made many arrests ranging from serious crimes such as murder, armed robbery, robbery, fraud, and rape, to shoplifting, housebreaking, possession of stolen property and business robbery.
Three suspects were arrested for business robbery in Factoria recently. The suspects allegedly threatened the security guard with a firearm, and demanded the copper cables from the premises. Patrolling policemen arrested two suspects not far from the scene, while the third suspect was arrested the following day by the Trio Task Team.
Krugersdorp police also arrested suspects for minor offences such as trespassing, contraventions of the Liquor Act, including dealing in liquor without a licence and other liquor-related offences, traffic offences, loitering, drunk and disorderly behaviour, and illegal immigration.
Major General Anna Mateisi, the West Rand Cluster Police commander, said the successful apprehension of suspects was due to the perseverance and dedication of the police members in the cluster.
“A number of operations were held during the week in which traffic officers took part, and several suspects were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol,” Mateisi said.
“These police operations in the various sectors helped to increase the police’s visibility in the cluster and went a long way to ensuring the safety of our people.”
She also expressed her satisfaction with the positive progress made against crime in the cluster.
“We also want to applaud the community for working hand-in-hand with the police.”
Mateisi informed the public that police visibility has increased since the start of the festive season. She wished the community of West Rand a happy and prosperous new year, and indicated that the fight against crime will continue. She also encouraged community members to become involved and make a difference.