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2021/04/12      |  Written By:  Sergeant W Scheepers   |   Province:  Gauteng

The South African Police Service (SAPS) Brooklyn not only conducts crime prevention operations to keep the community safe but also takes time to empower young and old on ways how they can safeguard themselves.

On Friday, the 09th of April 2021, Brooklyn SAPS visited Waterkloof Primary School.

Learners welcomed the police with a warm welcoming song. Captain Patricia Mushwana from the Social Crime Prevention department together with Sergeant Webster Scheepers from the Corporate Communication Service, educated the learners about their safety when using their cellphones when in public, especially while they wait for their transportation. This, after there was an increase in cellphone thefts and robberies in the area.

All cellphone users are advised to be vigilant when using their cell phones in public. They must also be suspicious of strangers that approach them to ask for directions or the time. Opportunists use this to distract their victims. Others approach their victims with a "friendly" hug. After the hug, the victim discovered that his/her cellphone was stolen in the process.

Safety tips and COVID-19 regulations were emphasized to the learners.

Later the evening Operation Vhuthu Hawe was conducted in the Brooklyn policing precinct in conjunction with different Law Enforcement Agencies and Community Partnerships. The focus of the operation was on the prevention of crime as well as the enforcement of the Disaster Management Act regulations. The operation resulted in several arrests for drinking in public, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and theft. Fines were also issued for road traffic offences. The high police visibility assisted in keeping the community safe and criminals at bay.

The arrested suspects will appear in Hatfield Community Court next week on respective charges.

The Brooklyn Station Commander, Brigadier Kushie Pietersen applauded the arrests and thanked all role-players involved. These operations will continue in the Brooklyn Policing area.