Five-day patrol near train station

A Metrorail train departing the Brackenfell train station.

The Brackenfell police, together with the Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (Prasa), launched a week-long blitz against crime near the Brackenfell railway station.

Launched on Monday, a 30-member team comprising SAPS, Prasa, City of Cape Town law enforcement, neighbourhood watches and private security firm Bolt Security patrolled the station precinct to tackle hawking and loitering, said Metrorail provincial spokeswoman, Riana Scott.

“These issues are all generators of crime, (hence) the planned operation,” said Brackenfell police spokeswoman, Captain Erica Crous.

Prasa said the team had also been on the look-out for “train jumpers”, who often don’t have train tickets and move between the carriages, which threatens their safety.

Safety pamphlets were distributed and warnings made on the public address system. Fifty-two fines were issued – 18 for illegal railway crossing, 34 for travelling without a valid ticket and a further eight for jumping between the carriages.