CBD Robbers can’t hide

2013-09-20 00:00

THERE has been a sharp increase in the number of robberies reported at Pietermaritzburg Central police station in Jabu Ndlovu Street.

The crime statistics for the last year show that robberies reported to the station increased from 182 to 374 cases, and robberies with aggravating circumstances from 350 to 441 cases.

Contributing to the increase in reported cases is the security company Safe City’s “eye-in-sky” CCTV cameras that monitor the CBD. Using the 24-hour surveillance system, the company reports crimes such as robberies picked up on the cameras to the central police station.

Safe City’s Lucas Holtzhausen said their main focus was monitoring the streets of the CBD.

“The most common crimes we see are robberies ranging from pick-pocketing to theft from vehicles,” he said.

Police Colonel Jay Naicker said they were committed to partnering with departments and organisations like Safe City, “as police alone cannot solve the crime situation”.

Pietermaritzburg Central police station also recorded an increase in kidnappings from 11 cases to 21, and in sex crimes from 66 to 215 cases.

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