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JMPD reports decline in smash and grabs

The JMPD says the number of windscreen washers at Grayston Drive has already decreased.

FILE:The JMPD says the number of windscreen washers at the Grayston Drive has already decreased. Picture: Youtube

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) says it has already seen a decline in smash and grabs at identified hotspots following the introduction of its Ke Molao operation.

The initiative was launched last week and has already seen the arrest of 168 people.

The JMPD's Wayne Minnaar says the number of windscreen washers at the Grayston Drive in Sandton has already decreased less than two weeks into the operation Ke Molao.

"We've also seen a decline in window washers. However, if anyone sees a window washer, call the Metro Police."

Those who have been arrested have to pay a R300 fine or appear in court.

Minnaar says some hotspots are already cleaner than before.

"The people who go back to the street corners will get removed again. There's a very small percentage of offenders who are going back to the street corners."

The Social Development Department is working with Metro Police in making sure beggars and other people removed from the streets are taken to shelters.

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