Peter Smallbones, WO Luan Stears and Anthony Pearson handing over a crime prevention pamphlet to a motorist, Mr Stuart McLachlan at the roadblock in Vrybrger Avenue.

Bothasig SAPS and their partners against crime held a very successful high density crime prevention operation on 27 July.

Under the leadership of Warrant Officer Leon Streicher members from Bothasig police supported by City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, Bothasig and Edgemead Neighbour-hood Watch as well as Swart Security, District Watch and ECP kicked off with a road block in Vryburger Avenue in Bothasig, and later followed up with a vehicle check point in Letchworth Drive in Edgemead. Five traffic fines to the value of four thousand rand were issued for, amongst others, unlicensed motor vehicles and driving without a driver’s license.

Afterwards the focus shifted to crime prevention patrols in hot spot areas. At Edgemead Village Centre participants patrolled on foot and handed out crime prevention pamphlets. This was supported by the SAPS Air Wing who participated in the operation by doing an aerial patrol in Bothasig, Edgemead, Richwood, Burgundy Estate and Kleinbosch. With the “Eye in the sky” patrolling, the precinct was very quiet.

The last part of the operation was focused on Edgemead High School where five classrooms were visited and 61 random searches were executed with the focus on substance abuse. The members also engaged with the learners and informed them about the downside of a criminal record. From their side, the interested learners were not shy to ask questions regarding certain aspects of the law, which were cleared up for them.

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