The opening function of the Hurley SA Junior Surf Champs was marred by criminals when a number of cars were broken into while the surfers and other dignitaries attended the function.
The cars were parked in Tecoma Street and items, including clothing and I-pads were stolen.
Durban surfer Jason Ribbink was one of the victims of the crime spree and was vey unhappy – and justifiably so.
Theft from motor vehicles is a major problem facing the Jeffreys Bay Police with no fewer than 84 cases being reported during the period April 2012 – March 2013.
There is no updated stats as the Police are not allowed to release them to the community so we do not know what the current situation is, suffice to say that there are criminals who are still actively breaking into cars in our town.
Tourism is the lifeblood of Jeffreys Bay and the burglaries that appear to target guest houses as well as the theft of motor vehicles and theft from motor vehicles can have a huge negative impact on the number of visitors coming into JBay.
We will never return to the crime free days of the 1970’s and 1980’s and we all have a responsibility to secure our possessions nowadays.
It is only a joint commitment between the Police, security companies and residents that will win the war against crime in Jeffreys Bay.