Crime misconception addressed by police

Honeydew Police Station's Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs speaks up about stereotypes in crime during a women's awareness event in Weltevreden Park. Photo: Siso Naile.

Prominent Honeydew police officer, Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs, has warned the public about the stereotype of assuming that crime is only committed by a specific race group.

Jacobs was speaking at a women’s safety awareness event hosted by BCI Protection Services during the weekend of 5 and 6 August in Weltevreden Park. She made it clear that any person is capable of committing a crime, regardless of skin colour.

“Get it out of your mind that a suspect is a black man,” she said, making reference to a recent hijacking incident in Little Falls where a woman was hijacked by three white males on 4 August.

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The hijacked car, a silver metallic BMW 120i motorsport with the registration number BT 72 RZ GP, was being driven by a Mrs Mtetwa when she was held at gunpoint and forced out of the car on their driveway of the family’s Little Falls home at 6.20am.

Neither the recovery of the vehicle nor the arrest of the suspects has been reported, but police continue to probe the matter.Jacobs also urged residents to be extra vigilant when driving and refrain from giving people handouts at intersections. She warned that motorists must not be distracted by women carrying babies at intersections. “Rather donate to a church,” she urged.

“They [suspects] are making use of children and women to commit crimes,” she added.She further advised motorists to put on their hazard lights and drive to the nearest police station or service station when being ordered to stop by police.

“Put on your hazards when you see blue lights and go to your nearest police station or garage. Sadly, we live in a society where you cannot trust anyone,” she explained.She also emphasised that no police officer will start shooting at you if you’ve indicated you’ve seen them. She further advised that motorists should make sure that the police officer stopping them is in uniform, carrying his police badge and driving a marked vehicle.

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