KZN house burglary hotspots triple SA average

2012-09-22 00:00

POLICE precincts in Durban and in Pietermaritzburg have some of the highest rates of residential burglary, almost triple that of the national average, according to national crime statistics released on Thursday.

KwaZulu-Natal’s house burglary rate increased by 3,8%, with 41 120 homes burgled in the 2011/2012 year.

Thirty-eight of every 10 000 people were burgled in the province, considerably lower than the national average of 48,6.

Hotspots for house burglary in KZN included Berea in Durban and Alexandra Road in Pietermaritzburg, both showing a burglary rate per capita triple that of the national average.

The Bellair policing precinct also showed a sharp rise in residential burglaries, moving from 141 to 177,5 per 10 000.

Other coastal hotspots for house robberies include Scottburgh and Umbilo, with marked increases in the year-on-year rates. In the province, 53% of the policing precincts showed increases in the rate of residential robberies.

Midlands policing precincts that recorded the most noteworthy increases included Hilton, with a move from 87,2 to 115,4, Pietermaritzburg Central with an increase from 49,6 to 60,2 and Nottingham Road rising from 45,3 to 57,1. Conversely, Howick and Prestbury showed declines in house burglary rates per capita.

Some tips for home security:

• Ensure that all doors are locked at all times, and that windows are closed even when at home;

• Large dogs serve as a deterrent;

• Keep tools such as axes, spades, picks and ladders locked away;

• Vary your daily routine;

• Identify safe places of refuge like the bathroom, toilet or storeroom. The fewer windows and doors these rooms have, the better; and

• Report all suspicious behaviour to police.

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