The New Year celebrations in Jeffreys Bay were relatively calm this year, following a municipal decision to ban camping along the beachfront.

Illegal setting up of tents and the resultant congestion, particularly in the car park at Pellsrus has caused numerous problems in the past and has also prevented the town’s Law Enforcement officials from being able to rapidly respond when necessary.

The only serious incident that was reported over the New Year was the attempted robbing of a couple on Main Beach shortly after 12 am in the morning. The man and women were on the beach when they were approached by four men who demanded their cell phones and valuables. A fight broke out when the male victim came to the defense of his female companion. He was stabbed several times in his upper body by the thugs, who then fled along the beach towards Pellsrus.

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Numerous housebreakings were reported over the festive season. Wavecrest was again the primary target but incidents were reported from all over Jeffreys Bay. Many of the housebreakings appeared to have been opportunistic as entry was gained through open windows and doors. People who were visiting Jeffreys Bay on holiday were often the victims of these crimes.

When compared to the crime stats of the previous festive season, there has not been an increase in the number of crimes that have been reported.

Complaints are still being received by the Community Police Forum (CPF) of phones not been answered by the Police and/or bad service being delivered by the Police. The CPF can only engage the Police on these matters if specific times and dates are supplied by the public. This information can be emailed through to kougaswim@vodamail.co.za

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