By Donna Collins
SWAKOPMUND Station Commander Inspector Moses /Aebeb, has warned holidaymakers that there will be zero tolerance this year for people caught driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as those disobeying the law on any level.
He said that the holiday season started with a bang last Friday, with around 375 vehicles clocking through the road blocks during peak hours. So far there have been a number of drunken driving arrests, with offenders locked up over the past weekend and the police are expecting this trend to continue, since not everyone has the N$4 000 bail money.
He also pointed out that criminal activities have spiked at the coastal towns with opportunists preying on unsuspecting holidaymakers. He said that theft out of motor cars, house breaking, bag snatching and shop lifting are all on the rise, and that the police and traffic force have to be diligent in protecting the visitors and residents during the festive season.
Once again the Swakopmund police unit has beefed up its security and patrol duties, with an additional 30 special reserve force members from Windhoek who arrived on December 6, and return to their base on January 16.
“We have briefed them on our needs, and are splitting ourselves up into three groups so we have a full patrol team day and night,” he added. “We will move some over to Henties at the peak of the season to assist on a daily basis as well.”
“We are doing our best to make sure these hot target spots are being patrolled and have already confiscated a number of sharp objects and knives from members of the community at various bars and shebeens in town,” he said.
It was mentioned that the Lighthouse Group has sponsored their food and other necessary supplies for the duration of their stay to the value of N$30 000. Quinton Liebenberg of the Lighthouse Group says he accepted the police’s call for assistance with open arms, as these men and women are working tirelessly to make holiday towns a safe place for residents and tourists during the season.
The police received assistance from the Swakopmund municipality who are sponsoring the accommodation for the additional members, while other businesses will be assisting with refreshments and other items for the road blocks.
“We have to be prepared every year, because most people arrive in a festive mood, and there are those unfortunate elements that unleash their disorderly behaviour, and don’t take heed of the law,” continued /Aebeb, adding.” We are going to be moving around and visible everywhere, because there will be problems, and we want to make sure that crime is kept to a minimum.”
He also said that that they are expecting the last hoards of holidaymakers to come through over the coming weekend for the Christmas celebration, and currently the three fixed roadblocks in the Erongo Region are working overtime. These are situated at Karibib, Swakopmund and at the newly built Yianna Savva Police Station in Langstrand.
“No serious accidents have been reported yet, but let’s not rule out the days to come and the New Year,” concluded /Aebeb, who asked the public to drive safely and for everyone to enjoy a peaceful festive season.
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