Gerber calls for stricter law enforcement during festive season

22 Nov 2018 15:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 22 NOV (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Erongo Region has called for stricter law enforcement in Swakopmund and other holiday destinations in the region during the festive season.
Deputy Commissioner Tobias Gerber, who is head of operations in the region, made this call during a NamPol meeting with leaders of community policing structures such as the neighbourhood watch, Police Public Relations Committee and the Women and Men Network Against Crime groups here on Wednesday evening when he announced the planned crime prevention operation for the upcoming festive period.
“The town (Swakopmund) is always overwhelmed with tourists during the festive period and these people’s safety is of utmost importance,” Gerber noted.
He strongly condemned the harassment of tourists, adding that these violent events paint a bad picture of the country for prospective tourists.
The deputy commissioner called on members of the community safety structures to assist NamPol in ensuring safety during the festive season by patrolling their communities and neighbourhoods.
“Your role is also not to do any harm to suspected criminals or take the law into your own hands. Yours is just to patrol your area and alert the police when you observe something suspicious going on.”
Gerber also issued a warning to liquor outlet owners, urging them to adhere to the liquor license rules as well as to avoid serving alcohol to drunk customers.
“Ninety-nine per cent of the crimes committed in most cases are alcohol related, so the police will be making occasional visits to shebeens and ensure that there is order during the festive season.”
Gerber also called on coastal residents not to buy stolen items as this exacerbates cases of housebreaking.
There will be fixed and mobile road blocks in the region during the festive season which usually spans from 28 November to 15 January.