The Jeffreys Bay crime statistics for the past three months were released at a poorly attended Community Police Forum (CPF) meeting last night.
The local Police are only allowed to release percentage increases or decreases for the various crime categories, which was once again slammed by the members of the public who attended the meeting.
It was felt by the community that the crime stats released by the Police are totally meaningless and play no role in fighting crime in the town.
The fact that house robberies have increased by 200 % over the past three months, when compared to the previous three months, is also misleading as the stats come off a very low base.
Just how low the base is cannot be reported by JBay News due to the moratorium placed on the releasing of actual crime figures by the South African Police on a national level.
Theft out of motor vehicles is also on the increase in Jeffreys Bay, a crime that does occur more frequently over the holiday season.
Whilst stealing of motor vehicles has decreased over a three month period, there has been an upturn over the past month. Again, residents are not allowed to know just how many motor vehicles have been stolen.
There has been a welcome increase in drug related crimes with 48 arrests being made for either dealing or being in possession of drugs over the past three months.
The increase in drink driving arrests is a result of a close working relationship between the Kouga Law Enforcement and the Jeffreys Bay Police.