The Department of Police, Roads and Transport in the Free State will embark on a campaign to create awareness on stolen goods in Mangaung, Bloemfontein. In terms of the Free State Provincial Crime Strategy there are various contributing factors that lead to crime being committed. Some of these are attributed to socio-economic factors like unemployment and poverty.
The aim of the Campaign is to create awareness and educate communities on crimes related to stolen goods. It also aims to strengthen and promote relations and partnerships amongst stakeholders and role players in addressing crimes that are related to stolen goods.
The consultative meeting will be held with the communities and it will be followed by door-to-door visit to citizens. Sting operations by the SAPS are also planned. The door-to-door will be conducted in the Kagisanong Police Station precinct on the 26th February 2014. About 200 volunteers will participate.
Our appeal to Mangaung community is to refrain from buying stolen goods because this perpetuates criminality. Instead they must report criminals and assist the police with information to catch wrongdoers. In this way, we will move forward towards a crime-free society.