Dear fellow Rooielsers,
This is the feedback from the Kleinmond Police Joint Operations Committee (JOCOM) meeting on Monday, 28 November 2022.
Crime numbers remain relatively low. This reflects the seasonal crime patterns, which often involve aggression. Aggressive behaviour also accompanied the business robberies in Kleinmond and Betty’s Bay in the days before the current two-week reporting period.
Rooiels and Pringle Bay did not report any cases for this period, while Betty’s Bay reported a few burglaries and drug-related incidents. Most of the crime was centred around Kleinmond and included burglary, arson, assault, general theft, drug-related crimes, and gender-based violence.
Reports indicate that most burglaries and theft occur during the day, with roughly a third of incidents occurring at night.
SAPS arrested several suspects in all categories. They successfully used the available licence plate recognition (LPR) camera system to track a vehicle and arrest the culprits. The station commander secured resources to increase visible policing and emphasised the importance of collaboration between all neighbourhood watches and security agencies for successful crime prevention. SAPS appeal to everyone to be vigilant.
Child & Family Welfare offices sadly fell victim to arson with their offices severely damaged. Rapid action by the community led to the arrest of two suspects.
They reported a significant increase in children being abandoned. The Child and Youth Care Centre is at capacity and registration for additional capacity is a complex matter. There is a pressing need for temporary carers, especially for infants.
The Sixteen days of activism started on 25 November with a special event for individuals affected by Gender-based violence. Joint efforts of SAPS, Child & Family Welfare, CPF and other care facilities will host several events to raise awareness of the areas that are most in need.
The annual Visible Policing drive-through plan is being finalised – another collaboration effort of SAPS, Overstrand Municipality response departments, neighbourhood watches, and security agencies. Details of the event will be communicated through the various Community Policing Forum (CPF) member channels.
The Community Policing Forum (CPF) announced that the Hangklip-Kleinmond Community Police Forum Facebook page will soon be revised and will be the formal channel of communication with the community.
The Kleinmond Festive lights will be switched on by the mayor, Annelie Rabie, on Wednesday 9 December 2022 at 20:00.
Please report all incidents immediately to SAPS, your security agency, and your neighbourhood watch to initiate the required activities.
ASK Control room
These are the Feedback from the Ward Committee Meetings and other related matters. They are lodged in Date order going backwards.