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2021/03/17      |  Written By:  Sergeant L Lefakane   |   Province:  Gauteng

The West rand District Communication and Social Crime prevention officers from all 13 District Stations in partnership with the Department of environmental health, West rand district municipality fire department, disaster management, community safety, Rand west traffic conducted an awareness campaign around local tuck-shops with the aim to address and educate shop owners to stop utilizing one building for business and residential dwelling. The members were at the same time discouraging the selling of expired, dented, counterfeit goods and promoting good hygiene practice.

This came after a number of business robberies incidents reported around the Bekkersdal policing precinct where owners were robbed whiles sleeping in their business places. In one incident the suspects broke and damaged the wall with a hammer, entered the shop and took the stock before fleeing on foot. The owner could not call the police due to language barrier. We are therefore requesting the owners to work hand in hand with the police in order to reduce this kind of attacks. The owners were also advised to know the emergency numbers and report any suspicious behavior or crime as it happen, avoid using walk-in selling methods and rather sell through a locked burglar door to lessen the chances of being robbed.

During the awareness, two foreign nationals age 20 nd 21 years found working in one of the tuck-shops were arrested for undocumented and a number of expired goods were confiscated and later destroyed by the department of environmental after issuing the shop owners with warnings.

The District Commissioner Major General Kekana commended and thanked the members and all stakeholders for preventing all acts which may threaten the safety and security of any community while at the same time stamping the authority of the state.“ This is a good practice which may be utilized to decrease and or curb this kind of incidents around all arears affected” said the General.