Plett crime: residents asked to help visitors
Plettenberg Bay residents have been urged to assist visitors to the area to ensure they do not fall victim to ATM fraud or other crimes.
In a crime report covering the period 2 to 16 October, by the chair of the Plettenberg Bay Crime Prevention Association (PBCPA), Bruce Richardson, he said that ATM fraud was still a concern in the town.
He asked that residents keep an eye out for foreigners using ATMs during periods of low pedestrian traffic, such as after dark, Saturday afternoons and Sundays. “Please keep an eye on them from a short distance to ensure that they are not interfered with,” Richardson said.
Accommodation establishments could also do their bit by warning guests not to entertain any suggestion to pay for parking at an ATM, or any other ruse that would result in a “helpful local” assisting them at an ATM.
Regarding other forms of crime, Richardson said that only two incidents were reported in town over the period. “The incidents took place at the Methodist Church where only bacon and eggs were taken, and in Beachyhead Drive. Burglaries were largely confined to out-of-town areas such as Bossiesgif, New Horizons, Wittedrift, Boskey Dell and Kurland, but even in those areas, incidents were few and far between.”
He added that theft out of motor vehicles remained a concerned. “Affected areas are Julia Ave, Pharaoh Avenue, the industrial area, Shell Ultra City, Capricorn Avenue and Skerry Vore.
There were some items of not inconsiderable value taken as a result of leaving valuables in vehicles.
“As we approach the sensitive times of the year of the Plett Rage and season, our level of vigilance needs to increase, to ensure that our visitors enjoy a crime-free stay.”