JMPD clamps down on smash & grab hotspots

JMPD has identified 10 hotspots which will be monitored over the next few months.

A JMPD vehicle. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police have drastically increased efforts to remove beggar s, windscreen cleaners and street venders from intersections, in new attempts to address a spike in criminal activities.

The JMPD has identified 10 hotspots which will be monitored over the next few months by metro officers in marked and unmarked vehicles.

Last month, a smash-and-grab incident was captured on camera on Witkoppen Road, while a driver waited at a red traffic light.

Head of JMPD, Zweli Nyanda says police officers must be more visible at these hotspots to send a strong message to criminals that the authorities are coming for them.

"We will then request regional units to continuously monitor and to patrol those regions to ensure that people that we have removed don't come back."

Metro police say due to limited resources they have struggled in the past to deal with the problem.