The Rietgat police would like to warn community members to be more vigilant during this winter season.
The station would like to encourage residents to travel to places where they board buses and taxis in groups. This will enable them to avoid crimes such as rape and armed robberies while walking in the dark.
Those who use passages and isolated areas must also do so in groups or avoid them due to an increase in opportunistic crimes during the winter period. Experience has taught the station that most residents fall victim to early darkness in the evening which extends until the morning of the following day and creates an opportunity for criminals.
Due to this backdrop, residents tend to be more circumspect during this time of year. For safety reasons, joggers are also encouraged to run in groups.
People attending various gatherings, especially those using public transport are also urged to leave early to get through the subways and thoroughfares. They are also urged to connect to taxi ranks before it gets too dark for thugs to exploit them.
Parents are also urged to be more careful and take care of children while using various heating devices like heaters and braziers (Mbaola). Those staying alone must also be cautious about falling asleep in front of heaters. They must also forget to take dangerous devices such as braziers outside before dozing off. If you are prone to sleeping in front of a fire or heater when drunk, avoid them completely.
The station would also like to inform the community that more security will need to be beefed up. It would also like to encourages them not to hesitate in calling for tip-offs about any suspicious activity in the area.
The following numbers can be called for swift response: Client Service Centre (CSC) at 071 675 6250 or Station Commander Brigadier Maphoto at 0824558236 or MYSAPS APP downloadable for free on Playstore or Istore.