DESPITE Scottburgh and surrounding areas being extremely busy over the Christmas and New Year period, there were no serious crimes reported in the area other than a fatal stabbing on 16 December, 2015.
The perpetrator was arrested the same day, and no drownings were reported.
More than 200 arrests were effected within that period for non-serious, mostly liquor and drug-related offences.
Vehicle check points and smaller roadblocks were held on various roads to check for drugs, illegal firearms, the transportation of stolen goods and drunk driving. A massive roadblock was held by the Road Traffic Inspectorate with support from the Scottburgh SAPS and the Port Shepstone Tactical Response Team (TRT).
“More than 30 public transport vehicles were impounded for operating without the required route permits,” said police spokesperson Captain Vincent Pandarum.
The successful policing may be attributed to various factors including well-considered strategic planning by the SAPS, the deployment of bobbies on beaches and the CBD, increased crime prevention and festive season operations and the assistance the Port Shepstone TRT and Public Order Police teams.
The cherry on top was the deployment of members of the SAPS mounted unit from Durban to assist with patrols on beaches, the CBD and the mall parking areas.
“The stealth and speed of the horses must have made many with crime on their mind refrain from carrying out their plans,” said Pandarum.
“The comments and compliments from our communities and holidaymakers as well as comments posted on social media indicate largely that our festive season policing has been a huge success,” he added.
The Scottburgh SAPS also maintained a presence in the residential and business sectors.
“General crimes, since the beginning of December, continues on a downward trend,” he added.
Lieutenant-Colonel Praga Naicker, the Scottburgh SAPS Station Commander, conveys his thanks and appreciation to all sectors of the community for their co-operation, compliments and positive feedback during this trying period.
“We are by no means infallible. We have done our best to ensure that everyone was safe during this busy period, but anyone who is aware of any shortcomings must feel free to bring this to my attention so that they can be addressed,” said the station commander. - Supplied.