The Jeffreys Bay community reacted with anger as yet another Community Police Forum (CPF) meeting was held without any Municipal representation.
“For years the CPF has been requesting the Municipality to send a high level representative to the meeting so that problems can be solved with all the relevant role players sitting around one table” said Sue Smit, the secretary of the CPF.
“A simple thing like lights not working in Ocean View could be fixed and actually save a person’s life as the criminals are waiting for victims in the dark areas and attack them”, added Smit. “There is a similar situation in Wavecrest where street lights are not working near the golf course and it is suspected that criminals use this section to cross into the kloof and move around the suburb”.
Wavecrest remained the problem area during August with housebreakings continuing to take place in the suburb. The Police have formed a task team to try catch the criminals and have discovered that there are syndicates operational in the town.
Entry is gained into the houses mainly through sliding doors said Captain Kok of the Detective branch said that there are measures residents can take to secure themselves. “Alot of the crime taking place could be prevented if residents properly secured sliding doors, didn’t leave valuables in open view in their cars and locked their cars in garages at night where possible”, said Kok.
The CPF will be concentrating on reducing crime in Wavecrest as the other suburbs are relatively under control at present. A request has also been made by W/O Van Taak that motorists using the Aston Bay road keep an eye on the new sewage pump station and to report any suspicious movement near it as theft of cables is occurring regularly with the result that sewage spills can take place.