Crime hotspot addressed

The municipal traffic department assisted the police during the raid at the taxi rank last week. Cradock Street was cordoned off, as well as other entrances to the rank.

GEORGE NEWS - A drug dealer was arrested by the police's Crime Intelligence Unit during an operation at the taxi rank in the CBD last Thursday 5 October. 

Four more people were arrested for possession of drugs and an illegal immigrant was also taken into custody.

The police prevented people from entering the cordoned-off area during the operation and those leaving were searched. At the scene, police communications officer Const Rachel Hendriks was tight-lipped, saying only that a full statement would be issued later. 

Brig Phindelwa Mavakala, commander of the George Police Station, said, "The search was done at the taxi rank, an identified hotspot. The area is a high crime generator of drug and liquor abuse, house breaking, and business and common robbery. 

"Streets were cordoned off by the traffic department to assist us with the operation." 

Mavakala said they have been monitoring certain groups, repeat offenders and persons of interest. 

"We and our partners believe this approach will have a positive impact and ensure a safer and more secure CBD for the community and business owners in the broader George. 

"This type of operations will be rolled out to all sectors in the George precinct where these factors contribute to the high crime rate."

ARTICLE & PHOTO: MYRON RABINOWITZ, GEORGE HERALD JOURNALIST

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