Many people regard George as the last outpost – the final safe haven from crime. However, this perception has undergone a drastic change following a spate of violent crimes, in which citizens were robbed, injured and killed.
The murder of a farmer’s wife and last week’s vicious attack on a businessman, prompted George Municipality’s Safety Portfolio Councillor Iona Kritzinger to voice her alarm on national radio – RSG’s popular morning talk show, Praat Saam.
She stated, “George is being hit by a crime wave. We have an excellent police force with dedicated people, but residents have lost faith in the police’s ability to cope, especially in view of the shortage of response vehicles.”
Addressing the interviewer Lynette Francis, she said crime statistics were being downplayed, and as a result decision makers had a skewed picture. In an interview with the George Herald, Kritzinger said she was dismayed that the Western Cape SAP leadership had decided to withdraw a patrol car from each of the police sectors. This was clearly affecting local policemen and women’s efficacy. “It is imperative that the correct crime stats be made known so that more police can be deployed.”
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