Walvis Bay — Erongo Deputy Police Commissioner, Andreas Nelumbu, says people who find themselves on the wrong side of the law during the coming festive season will be dealt with firmly.
Police across the country are concerned with an upsurge in traffic offences related to the festive season when seemingly carefree motorists drink and drive without the slightest care for the law.
"Nampol will be visible and one step ahead of criminals. Criminals and road offenders will be dealt with accordingly. The police will leave no stone unturned to arrest anyone involved in criminal activities. Rest assured we will be monitoring all danger areas and all roads in Erongo," warned the deputy commissioner.
Nelumbu, who conducted routine road patrols with his team at the roadblock between Walvis Bay and Langstrand, said Nampol has the capacity to maintain law and order.
He added that apart from Nampol, various crime-fighting organisations in the region would be working closely with the police to ensure the safety of visitors and residents alike.
"Nampol will be visible and will be clamping down on illegal activities, be it illegal trade of alcohol or fraud, to drunken driving or housebreaking. We will not be taking any chances. A crime-free festive season is what we strive for," he assured coastal residents and holidaymakers.
In the same vein Nelumbu urged heavy-duty trucks to make use of the road behind Dune 7 to facilitate a free traffic flow between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.
According to him, Nampol receives complaints from motorists during the festive season every year, due to the heavily congested road.
He added that the road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund is one of the most frequently used roads and its congestion poses a danger to all motorists.
"Our main aim is to ensure safe roads for all, therefore I'm urging all transport companies to encourage their drivers to make use of the road behind Dune 7," Nelumbu appealed.
Nelumbu also said that at least three permanent roadblocks would be set up in the region, while random operations will be carried out in all towns by Nampol and crime-fighting organisations.
He further urged visitors and residents to apply safety precautions to avoid being easy targets for criminals. "Valuable items should be locked away, doors and windows should also be locked," he urged residents and visitors.
Nelumbu also reminded people to be vigilant when using ATM machines.