About 100 people were arrested at roadblocks in Omaheke Region for various offences since the police operation for the festive season started, police said yesterday.
Nampol Regional Commander for the Omaheke Region, Commissioner Josephat Abel, said various roadblocks have been set up in and around Gobabis since November 27.
“We arrested criminals for various crimes including drunk driving, theft and assault and also issued traffic fines,” he said.
He said most would appear in courts across the region and an undetermined amount of fines were paid. In a recent interview Abel urged the public not to drink and drive, reminding that there will be plenty of random breathalyser tests done. “If you’re going to get behind the wheel when you’ve been drinking you will get caught,” he cautioned.
Abel also warned residents to be mindful in all manner of situations this festive season.
“The Christmas and new year period can be one of the busiest times of year for emergency services and, with that in mind, police will be out in force in the coming weeks,” he said.
He says the main aim is to target drinking and driving, speeding, overloading and more.
He maintained that the police would be out in force throughout the Christmas period so people would notice that and hopefully be mindful of their behaviour.
“The police are not here to ruin your Christmas, but rather to ensure everyone’s safety,” the regional commander assured members of the public.
Abel also issued a warning to farmers in the region regarding the growing trend of stock theft. He said that in recent months with the help of the Otjozondjupa police they have impounded over 20 stolen cattle.
“We urge farmers to beef up security for their livestock especially those leaving for the festive season,” said the police commissioner.
He implored anyone who believes they have been a victim of stock theft , and has yet to report it, to contact the nearest police station. “Count your livestock two or three times a day,” he advised.
He further assured residents of Omaheke that adequate measures have been put in place to ensure maximum security. He warned “persons who intend to cause trouble to desist because those who will be arrested will be prosecuted”. “I also urge people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to us immediately, and ask anyone with any information on crime to contact us,” concluded Abel.