'Festive anti-crime plan a success'

Minister Nathi Mthethwa said their anti-crime operations during the festive season were a success.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa said their anti-crime operations during the festive season were a success. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - The Police Ministry on Tuesday said it would focus on replicating its festive season anti-crime success strategy in day-to-day policing.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the provisional statistics at a briefing in Pretoria.

'Operation duty calls', which is a national festive season crime-fighting campaign, started in the middle of October last year and will end at the end of January.

Not a single mall robbery was recorded during the operation.

Police arrested for than 67,000 suspects.

Mthethwa said police implemented a "six pillar" approach, focusing on priorities such as robbery firearms and crimes against women and children.

The police said while the number of feet on the ground can't be maintained, the use of technology can be used more effectively.

Police visibility in strategic areas, which has an impact on crime prevention, has also been noted, the minister said.

Mthethwa said the successes were not a result of luck but effective strategies, proper planning and intelligence-led operations.