GAZETTE: The RMD joins forces with the SAPS and local private security companies to combat crime

24th May 2021

One of the biggest challenges in the Rosebank node is the increasing drug and dagga dealing, so much so that the area has become a safe haven for dealers to deal in plain sight.

To help fight this, the Rosebank Management District collaborated with the Rosebank Police Station and local private security companies to launch a Special SAPS and Private Security Operation.

“Rosebank Management District has always been in the forefront in terms of crime prevention in the node and has been a good example of how the South African Police Service and private security companies can work together,” said Lerato Khiba, precinct manager of the Excellerate Managed Services Precinct Management.

“We have also established a collaborative working group focused on safety and security issues within the Rosebank node.”

The first operation was held on the night of 16 April. In attendance were Excellerate Security, 24/7, SRM, Sergeant Bongi Mdletshe of the Rosebank Police Station, and two Metro police officials.

The operation was successful and 48 dagga joints, a large plastic of dagga together with four medium and 10 ten small bags were found with a street value of R2 500. The dagga was found abandoned in a bin on the corner of Tyrwhitt and Keys avenues in Rosebank.

According to Mdletshe, the corner is a very problematic corner where drug dealers deal.

“I believe that these interventions involve communities taking responsibility for crime prevention in their own neighbourhoods,” Khiba said.

Rosebank Management District is currently looking at projects that include improving surveillance through schemes such as VumaCam and AI Surveillance, car guard initiatives (Rosebank Homeless Association) and Public Safety Ambassadors to make the precinct a safer place.

Mdletshe urged the public to report such crimes to the police.

Details: Rosebank police 011 778 4732/4735.

Source: Gazette