Thugs and others with criminal intent have been given notice by the Jeffreys Bay Police that their behaviour will no longer be tolerated. In the period from April to November 2010, the J’Bay Police made more arrests than any other Police Station in the entire Kouga region.
According to Colonel Ntsabo the station commander of the Jeffreys Bay Police, improved service delivery is the goal for 2011. “We have managed to reduce the contact related crimes considerably of late and look at continuing with this positive trend”, said Ntsabo.
Contact related crimes include assaults and muggings and very often take place in close proximity to shebeens and places that sell alcohol. The Police, in conjunction with the Community Police Forum (CPF) and the Neighbourhood Watch in Pellsrus and Ocean View have enforced the closing of shebeens at the legal closing times, which has helped in reducing crime.
Gang related crime is also been targeted by the Police as a priority in the war against crime. Gang members are being instructed to rob houses for specific items and aspirant gang members also have to commit a crime as part of their initiation into a gang.
The local community was saddened to hear of the death of Mr Jan Gabriel du Toit (74 years old) who shot himself at Jeffreys Rus with a hunting rifle on 2 January 2011. No foul play is suspected and the Police are conducting an inquest into the incident.