Over R1 MILLION Lost in Melkbos
Over the last few months poaching activities has increased dramatically in Melkbosstrand as the residents living on the seafront around 1st to 5th avenue know all to well. This influx of poachers come from areas as far as the Eastern Cape.
Except for the well known fact that abalone poaching forms part of bigger syndicates that are involved in various criminal activities some residents have recently experienced this first-hand after their children were threatened by the poachers and told that they must stay away from the beachfront at night otherwise they will get hurt. This is not uncommon as people from the Overberg will be able to tell you and can escalate quickly to a situation where no resident of Melkbos will feel safe to walk on the beach at night with as many as 60 divers and carriers being active in our area on one night.
The arrival of divers and carriers also results in an huge increase of vehicles dropping and picking up these criminals and abalone, these drivers and vehicles want to get out of the area as quickly as possible to escape prosecution and have been observed skipping robots and stop streets at speeds in excess of 100km per hours.
The above is unfortunately some example of the reality of illegal poaching activities and the impact it has on our town.
The Melkbosstrand Anti-Poaching Unit has been fighting against this escalation for years to protect both our marine area and the residents from Melkbosstrand and will continue to do so but we need the support of the community by becoming part of this volunteer organization or contributing financially towards equipment that make our efforts more successful.
On Monday Evening 8 April 2019, Melkbosstrand MNHW Anti-Poaching Unit, SAPS Melkbosstrand and SAPS Borderline held a joint operation which lasted 15 hours, more than 150 man hours. This resulted in one vehicle being impounded and a total of 2338 units of abalone confiscated with an approximate street value of R1,169,000.00.
WE NEED YOUR URGENT ASSISTANCE
Please visit our Website for more information on http://www.melkbosstrand.net/poaching-response/
Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch APU would like to send out a BIG shout of thank you to SAPS Melkbosstrand, SAPS Borderline and all the MNHW APU members who give up their valuable time Fighting Crime and assist keeping Melkbosstrand Residents and our Marine area protected.http://www.melkbosstrand.net/r1-million-lost-melkbos/appealGeneralPoachingvolunteers