Crime stats, SC speaks out

Leoni Kruger
LEPHALALE — The average percentage of reported crime in Lephalale for the past 11 months is lower than it was for the same period last year” said Lt Col. Daniel Ramkgoakgoa, Lephalale SAPS Station Commander at the CPF meeting last week.
He said Lephalale police station performed especially well during the third quarter of last year, but the statistics for January were very bad owing to a high number of burglaries and assault cases. The performance of the station up to 6 February shows a decrease in crime but the farm attack on 6 February where Piet Pieterse lost his life, changed the stats.
Ramakgoakgoa said the challenge the police face is that the community expect the police to protect them, but they cannot be everywhere.
He pleads with the community to, for example, close their windows at night. “It makes it easy for criminals to commit a crime when they see an open window or gate” he says.
He also requests that valuable items should be put away when you go to sleep. “Do not leave your cell phone, laptop, wallet or any other valuables where it is visible – not in your house or in your car” he said.
“We want to get better communication in the station – we want to help.” Ramakgoakgoa thanked the CPF for their communication with and assistance to the police. “Actually, let’s continue working together and communicate well to get great solutions” he concluded.

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