Cops warn residents to keep their eyes peeled

With the festive season shopping in full swing, Woodstock police have urged the public to take extra care against criminals prowling on unsuspecting victims.

Woodstock police spokesperson, Sergeant Hilton Malila, said the festive season is generally characterised by high economic activity, which increases opportunities for criminals to strike. “Incidents where people are being robbed while withdrawing, carrying and sharing money have a tendency to increase during this time around the province. Community members and businesses are encouraged to make use of banking facilities and refrain from keeping cash on the premises,” Sergeant Malila said.

He encouraged the community to co-operate with police sector managers. Woodstock police station commander, Colonel Duma Ntsezo said: “We are optimistic that the full collaborative efforts of Woodstock police, the business fraternity and community members will yield the desired results in curbing these robberies. We are committed to ensuring that people within this precinct feel safe during this festive season. “However, this can only be achieved if individuals, businesses and communities co-operate with the police”.