Sunrise Beach in Muizenberg has seen an increase in crime activities and it seems to be one group that is terrorising visitors to the area.
Chairperson of the Muizenberg Neighbourhood Watch, Trevor Snyders tells CapeTalk's Koketso Sachane that there have been recorded incidents that began towards the end of last month. He says these attacks take place between 16h00 and 18h00 in the evening.
A gang of youths will come on to the beach, targeting walkers along the beach using large knives to rob them of their possessions and then disappearing into the dunes.— Trevor Snyders, Chairperson of the Muizenberg Neighbourhood Watch
Snyders goes on to say that the gang of robbers commit their crimes in a group of three to nine.
He says another attack was reported on Thursday evening, which he says was extremely frightening. They were swinging they an axe with great meaning explains Snyders.
It just seems to be getting worse at the moment.— Trevor Snyders, Chairperson of the Muizenberg Neighbourhood Watch
Snyders says the area is large but difficult monitor it around the clock. He says a joint meeting took place on Thursday with law enforcement's and neighbourhood watch to find a way to catch the attackers and ensure the safety of the Muizenberg community.
He emphasises the need for police visibility and patrolling.
Snyders urges community members to report the attacks to the police first before sharing it on social media.
He advises residents to never walk alone, avoid deserted beaches, leave all possessions at home and walk in groups.
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