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JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News on Wednesday learnt that a spike in crime in Sandton in northern Johannesburg has led to detectives and specialised unit members being sent out on street patrols.
Police said this was not impacting on their daily duties.
But some officers complained about not being able to investigate cases while doing the work usually done by uniformed members.
Bryanston, Parkmore, Riverclub, Illovo Manor, Kelvin, Buccleuch and Marlboro Gardens appeared to be some of the areas which were particularly hard-hit by house robberies and hijackings.
It was understood detectives and members of specialised units responsible for cracking cold-cases or chasing wanted suspects were pulled in to help with police visibility.
Officers told Eyewitness News the entire Sandton and surrounding suburbs was under siege.
Sandton police spokesperson Kym Cloete said the new strategy was in response to shifting crime patterns.
She said investigators performed undercover duties and could also do their regular work out in the streets.
The new patrols had been in place for at least two weeks.
It was not yet clear how long they would continue for.
TIPS TO KEEP SAFE
Community members are warned to remain alert at all times, and the following preventative tips should assist towards maintaining their safety: