Awareness is key to halting crime – cops

Tremaine van Aardt

PICKPOCKETS and robbers are preying on unsuspecting victims at a busy Port Elizabeth intersection and in nearby streets. The congested area – which includes Cottrell and Skidow streets, and Stanford, Cyrus, Kempston and Durban roads and the Korsten taxi rank – is a crime hotspot.

Police spokesman Alwin Labans said it was no secret the area was “plagued by crime”.

Incidents from that area were reported daily, he said. There had been a recent spate of shop robberies, but most of the complaints came from people walking in the street.

“These pedestrians need to make an effort to conceal any items of value like cellphones and bags. And never leave things in unattended cars either,” he said.

“The only way we will be able to make a difference is if the community is more aware.”

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