Residents use Facebook to fight crime

2016-01-21 06:00
In a bit to make Jeffreys Bay a safer place for everyone, Suzanne Kruger (left) and Carine White launched the JBay Crime Watch Facebook page.               Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

In a bit to make Jeffreys Bay a safer place for everyone, Suzanne Kruger (left) and Carine White launched the JBay Crime Watch Facebook page. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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TWO dynamic women - the one diplomatic with the pen and the other with the spoken word - are using the power of social media to fight crime.

Jeffreys Bay residents Carine White and Suzanne Kruger are using Facebook as a new form of neighbourhood watch and in doing so are bringing homeowners closer than ever.

In a bit to make Jeffreys Bay a safer place for everyone, White and Kruger created the JBay Crime Watch Facebook page to help make locals more aware of what is happening in their community.

“Facebook is the best media, in my opinion, for opening up the lines of communication and to spread a message in record time,” says White. “The JBay Watch Facebook page is an excellent vehicle for the proactive targeting of crime and issues of concerns to the local community.”

Within two days of launching the page on January 2 this year, 1 200 people joined and they are currently boasting 1 515 members.

“It is encouraging to see the ongoing commitment of the community,” says Kruger.

According to Kruger, they tell it as it is. “We would like to encourage freedom of speech which is exercised responsibly and fairly. Information shared on the page must be with regard to crime and crime related matters affecting Jeffreys Bay. The aim is to share helpful information regarding the crime situation locally, to warn other residents of any suspicious behaviour and to try and make Jeffreys Bay a safer place.

“We do not protect anybody, but ask for no slamming matches.”

According to Kruger, they do not post any sensitive information that will have a negative affect on crime prevention operations spearheaded by the police or any other crime fighting organisation.

“We only post information about incidents that already occurred,” says Kruger.

White says: “We would like to encourage as many people as possible to join the JBay Crime Watch Facebook page. The more members, the more information we will be able to share. When it comes to fighting crime, information is king.”

For more information, contact Kruger at 079 506 8748 or White at 082 781 1264.

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