The Jeffreys Bay Police have identified that criminals are using new methods to commit offences in the town. Captain Botes, head of the elite Crime Prevention Unit said that motor cars are being broken into all over the town and not just in the CBD any more.
“We have picked up that cars are being broken into the suburbs as well now” said Botes. “Many of these crime are opportunistic as the criminals will break in if they see something of value in the car. We make a request to residents not to leave anything in open view in your cars. Rather lock your valuables in your boot or take them inside your houses”.
Older model bakkies are still being targeted in the town and these are believed to be stolen by out of town syndicates that come “shopping” in Jeffreys Bay. This trend has also been identified in Port Elizabeth and the Crime Intelligence Unit of the Police is working on the problem on a wide front as many of the vehicles are thought to end up in the former homeland of Transkei and Ciskei.
There is also concern that crime has picked up on the farms surrounding Jeffreys Bay. Although some of the crimes could be inside jobs, the close proximity of the farms to the national highways make for easy access for criminals. W/O Van Taak who is responsible for the farms will be visiting farmers over the next few days to make them aware of the situation.