The release of the annual crime stats in South Africa shows that Jeffreys Bay experienced a massive increase of homes being broken into during the period April 2013 – March 2014.
This comes as no surprise to Jeffreys Bay residents who are living with this scourge on a daily basis.
The number of house burglaries increased from 401 incidents to 481 in the latest period under review.
Due to the South African Police only releasing crime stats on an annual basis, it must be remembered that these stats are totally out of date and are of historic interest only.
However, it would appear that the trend is continuing in Jeffreys Bay at present.
Violent crimes are on the increase across South Africa, and Jeffreys Bay did not escape this trend either.
There was an increase in assaults from 129 up to 150 incidents, while robbery with aggravating circumstances increased from 52 up to 69 cases.
There was a decrease of 55 cases of business premises being burgled.
It seems that robbers are targeting premises that are occupied, as there is more chance of electronic goods and cash being available in occupied premises.
Theft of motor vehicles showed a nice decrease from 46 cases to 26 cases during the period under review, while drug related crimes also increased.
The increase in drug related crimes is a positive indication as it means the Police took action to make more arrests in this category.
Police Commissionar Riah Phiyega said communities play a vital role in crime prevention during the release of the crime stats.
“From presentation by the Minister of Police, Nathi Nhleko, and National Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, we now have confirmation of what many South Africans have felt in their everyday lives; crime is getting worse,” said Dianne Kohler Barnard, the DA Shadow Minister of Police.