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Central security stakeholders want car guards to be registered

The police aim to address more residents on rising crime trends as the festive season approaches.

During a recent security forum meeting by the Pretoria Central SAPS at Sammy Marks, the growing car guard crime was a hot topic.

Pretoria Central SAPS met various law enforcement agencies, security companies, businesses, governmental departments and other partners to address crime within the policing precinct.

Attendees gathered. Photo: supplied.

Some of these issues include theft out of motor vehicle cases, an influx of homeless people and rampant substance abuse.

“Some of the pressing issues were of the by-laws in the inner city and registration of car guards to address the issue of theft out of a motor vehicle cases. Other issues such as business robberies, drug abuse and bullying in schools were also highlighted,” said spokesperson, Constable Thabang Nkhumise.

At the forum newly appointed station commander Brigadier Gibin Hlengane Mashaba was formally introduced, and told attendees that his tenure will bring change and his police were gearing up for the festive season.

“We acknowledge the fact that there is still more that needs to be done at the station but we can also confirm that change is invertible,” Mashaba said

Mashaba also issued a stern warning to liquor outlets.

“We will hold various operations gearing up for the festive season to ensure that taverns adhere to the rules and regulations of the Liquor Act. Any non-compliance will be met with swift action,” Mashaba said.

The Central SAPS and CPF also conducted an imbizo at Thembelihle, at the corner of Proes and Schubert streets earlier this month.

The effort is one of more meetings that will take place in due course as the festive season approaches. Central SAPS aim to include other security companies to police the precinct.

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