Community addressed on crime statistics within the Sandton precinct

Community members raised their safety concerns at the second Imbizo Night with Police and their Community Policing Forum (CPF) in Morningside.

Sandton Police were joined by JMPD and Ward 93 Councilor Vino Reddy and Ward 103 Councilor Lynda Shackleford where they addressed previous concerns in the communities on August 17.
Station warrant officer Trevor Rama presented crime statistics ranging from simple robbery to robbery. The statistics, captured between August 1 and August 15, informed the community when various crimes had taken place as well as the days of the week.

A number of issues raised included noise complaints near areas of Rivonia and Edenburg that will be investigated, and smaller areas in neighborhoods targeted for crimes.
Savika Armed Response said there hadn’t been a lot of crime reported in the Sunninghill area but still advised residents to be careful when travelling.

Colonel Neil Pillay of Sandton Police explains to community members that a security issue will be resolved. Photo: Khomotso Makgabutlane

Reddy added that he would be in contact with police regarding smash-and-grab issues in the area. “We have the smash-and-grabs on Witkoppen Road, and we are engaging with the police to have a continuous presence between 7.30am and 8.30am. It’s usually traffic coming down from Fourways and cars on the decline of the road and not at the traffic light,” he said.

“We ask people not to be on their phones and to be careful with their belongings. Keep your valuables in the safe and beware of passers-by on the islands. We don’t want an incident where someone is shot.
The meeting ended with questions and issues raised by attendees to which security personnel responded. The date and time of the next meeting will be discussed in due course.

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