Close to 100 arrests in Bellville, Durbanville since lockdown started

Mayco member for safety and community JP Smith

Since the start of the lockdown, police have made almost 100 arrests in Bellville and Durbanville, several for breaches of the Covid-19 confinement.

According to acting Durbanville police station commander Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Parker, police arrested three people for contact crimes such as assault; 20 for property crimes, including car theft, trespassing and burglary; 21 for lockdown transgressions; and eight for businesses trading past their regulated hours.

While unable to operate during lockdown, the neighbourhood watches and Community Police Forum had still been able to support police efforts, he said.

“You are still our eyes in our community as your communication with SAPS has assisted us with combating crime in the area. Also, our CPF is in contact with us daily, offering all sorts of support and simply checking in with us.”

In Bellville, joint operations by City Law Enforcement and Bellville SAPS have led to 44 arrests for various crimes, including lockdown transgressions, according to Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

Bellville police spokesman Captain Johnathan Blankenberg was unable to provide specific details. 

Mr Smith said people should call their local police station, the SAPS 10111 emergency line or the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre on 021 480 7700 if they witnessed crime.

Lieutenant Colonel Parker said Durbanville residents wanting to join the CPF or neighbourhood watches should email cpf.durbanville@gmail.com. 

“We are thankful for all the support we have received and we encourage residents to adhere to the regulations during this time. If we can remain obedient during this period of lockdown we will be rewarded.”