Crime rate low on Durban beaches

2012-01-09 20:48

Durban - High police visibility was instrumental in achieving the low crime rate recorded in Durban during the 2011/2012 holiday period, eThekwini metro police said on Monday.

"As most people took time out to rest during the holidays, our law enforcement officers were out in full force to ensure that the festive season was an enjoyable one for all who visited our shores," spokesperson Eugene Msomi said.

Municipal spokesperson Vuyo Gwala said that during the last weekend of the holiday, central beaches recorded about 145 000 visitors, with 22 000 at northern beaches and 28 661 at southern beaches.

"Two arrests were made at the beachfront for theft of a bag and it was recovered," Gwala said.

A total of 126 rescues were carried out at all beaches and 202 people were given first aid.

"No drowning incident was reported. Two hundred and eight children who were separated from their parents were reunited with their families," she said.

An estimated 14 898 bags of litter were collected around the beaches.

  • Sharkshoot - 2012-01-09 21:13

    Doh!!! Every available man, woman and police dog was forced to work extra duties to police the heathens that descend upon our Durban shores. It's not rocket science guessing why crime was low.

  • Geronimo - 2012-01-09 21:19

    Wouldn't catch me dead on a Durban central beach at Christmas or any other time of the year.

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-09 21:36

      Damn straight. Only people in taxis and mad Gautengalengers brave north beach.

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-01-09 21:43

    Well done durbs!

  • Chappies ZA - 2012-01-09 22:08

    Double thumbs up!!

  • Jerzy - 2012-01-09 22:17

    So keep your A@@ at home sharkie. Maybe you can go to the east coat of alberton next holiday

      Sharkshoot - 2012-01-10 08:19

      South coast is lekker.

  • benson.s.zulu - 2012-01-10 01:51

    Congrats durban, although most people are no longer interested in reporting their cases as there is nothing done about them after reported. Maybe that was the other reason for low crime record rate in durban this festive season.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-10 10:45

      @benson, I disagree - in this article a theft of a bag was reported, the criminal caught and the bag returned... a far cry from "nothing gets done"

  • Mel - 2012-01-10 08:16

    Awww its so nice to read some positive news in SA...Positive cyber vibes for the rest of the country :)

  • Charl-Louis - 2012-01-10 08:26

    What are you guys smoking. The crime is still there even with extra police. Mind you the cops are the biggest croocks of them all

      richard.hipkin - 2012-01-10 10:47

      Really, you have proof of this? Stop giving cops a bad wrap for the few that are crooked.. they sweated hard over this festive season to protect us from crime and you ignorant generalizations are unfounded.

      ludlowdj - 2012-01-10 13:06

      Spot on Corruption in the Police force is rampant and out of control, People like POINTBLANK who always see the glass half full, will never admit something is wrong until they themselves become a victim of corrupt officials. Of course there are honest and dedicated police officers who take their jobs seriously, unfortunately the large contingent of corrupt officials starting in the highest office makes the good work being done by the few inconsequential. Anyone shouting about proof, just needs to get off their lazy asses and check our police officer conviction rate against those of other countries to see that whereas the UK had 2 police officers charged and convicted of irregularities in 2011 South Africa averages around 6 a month.

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