Cape Town -

Twenty-two police stations which receive over half of the Western Cape's crime reports will get special attention, provincial community safety MEC Dan Plato said on Friday.

“I will be conducting my own oversight visits to assess the improvements made at these stations... in the gang-affected communities, and will continue to visit these communities to assess (their) shortcomings and needs,” he said.

“Many of our police officers risk their lives to protect our communities, but will be limited in their ability if they do not have the necessary resources or support.”

In a briefing on Thursday, provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer said he had recently identified the most active police stations as well as the five most crime-infested blocks for each station.

It was hoped that by focusing resources in these areas, crime rates would drop significantly, he said.

Plato said he would conduct the visits as soon as Lamoer had sent him a list of the stations. - Sapa