Hard-to-believe crime stats It is hoped that an independent in-depth study will be undertaken to obtain the real situation in this country

2015-10-07 06:00

CONTROVERSY surrounds the publication of the crime statistics last week by the SAPS as throughout the country the validity of these stats have been queried at all levels. The following apply to the Greytown cluster and all six stations, previously under the Greytown cluster.

The statistics which follow apply to the cluster as a whole consisting of the six police stations - Greytown, Kranskop, Msinga, Muden, Matimatola and Rietvlei­. The tables available on the website compares statistics from April 2005 to March 2015.

Murder: 2013/2014 - 24 murders and only 11 recorded from April last year to March 2015 in the six stations of the Greytown cluster.

In 2008 the SAPS decided not to report rape as a separate offence, but to include it under total­ sexual offences which, according to the latest release, record that 44 sexual offences were committed last year and 55 this year - again this is allegedly the total for all six stations .

Attempted murder has decreased from 27 to 20 while common robbery has declined from 78 to 70 and with aggravating circumstances from 65 to 62.

The stats do not get any more credible (remember over six police stations) - illegal possession of firearms down by four to 15, drug related crime down from 74 to 35 up until March this year, burglary at residential premises down to 217 from 258 last year, but non-residential premises increased this year to 102 from 80.

There were just 33 thefts out of vehicles, again down from the previous 40.

Vehicle owners (and insurance companies) will be delighted to know that just one carjacking (previous year four) was reported in the six stations and there were no truck hijackings either this year or last.

To the many hardworking members of the SAPS who are committed to the prevention of crime the stats actually make a mockery of the work they do.

It is hoped that an independent in-depth study will be undertaken to obtain the real situation in this country and, in particular the six stations to which the above refer

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