KZN home invasion shock

2008-06-30 00:00

HOUSE robberies, South Africa’s most feared crime, increased 30,5% in KZN since last year.

The 3 480 in KZN from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008 was second to Gauteng’s appalling 7 314, but house robberies decreased by 5,4% in that province.

KZN businesses were also hard hit — 1 923 were robbed in 2007/2008 compared to 997 in the previous period, an alarming 92,9% increase.

Burglaries at homes were down 6,5%, but burglaries at businesses increased 7,6%.

Banks continue to be the target of robberies in KZN — 22 were robbed this year compared to 11 last year, an increase of 100%.

While the banking sector was a prime target in KZN, cash-in-transit heists showed a slight decline and were down 16,5% — 101 compared to 121 last year.

There is also no end in sight for car owners as they continued to be victims of hijacking — 3 889 cars were hijacked this year compared to 3 563 last year, an increase of 9,1%.

However, 13,4% fewer murders reported at KwaZulu-Natal police stations: 4 713 this year compared to 5 009 last year.

The Witness could not obtain statistics at area and police station levels as is normally the case, because Nqakula did not release them yesterday. That means the public will be unable to ascertain criminal trends in their areas.

The reason given was that, as a result of changes to provincial borders, some police precincts were also allocated to different provinces.

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