Gun possession increases in precinct

2015-10-06 06:00

Lansdowne police station has experienced an increase of 85.7% in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition.

This comes after the national police statistics was released on Tuesday last week.

The statistic was revealed for the 2014/2015 year compared to the previous year 2013/2014 where seven cases of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition was compared to this years 13 cases reported.

The station also had no percentage change in the murder cases where four murder cases were reported in the last year compared to 2013/2014, staying the same for 2014/2015.

The station experienced a decrease in attempted murder cases where only 10 cases where reported for the past year, compared to the 2013/2014 where 13 cases where reported - resulting in a 23.1% decrease.

Lansdowne police spokesperson Sergeant Nkululeko Mnyaka says the station is concerned with contact related crimes.

“The increase in contact related crimes and robbery aggravated had raised concern. 17 cases of rape were reported which increased by 5 cases (41,7%) during 2014/2015 and most cases came from Flamingo and Freedom Park informal settlements as well as victims from night clubs. Arrests were made on some cases and other cases victims do not know the perpetrators,” Mnyaka explains.

He adds they applaud all participation by other security forces including Metro Police, traffic, law enforcement, community safety structures such as neighbourhood watches and street committees, in all three sectors aiding to fight crime in their streets.

Robbery aggravated (robbery with firearms) increased by 28 cases bringing it to an 8.8% increase where 210 cases were reported in 2013/2014 and 238 during 2014/2015.

“These occurred mostly when people are on their way to work, bus stops and open field when people walking alone are robbed of their cellphones, money and other personal belongings,” Mnyaka says.

Car-jacking also increased by 9 cases, 20 cases were reported in 2013/2014 and 29 in this last financial year.

Mnyaka says people who were targeted were people on their way home, while busy parking and some vehicles were not registered on the owners name. He adds the hot spot for car-jackings are at Lansdowne Road, Jan Smuts Road and Flamingo Crescent.

Mnyaka adds the station has experienced a decrease on property-related crimes.

“House breaking at residential area had shown a decrease by 18.8% with 611 cases during 2013/2014 and 496 cases in 2014/2015. This decreased by 115 cases.”

Lansdowne station commander Colonel Herman Seals applauds all community members, neighbourhood watches, community based organizations and Faith based organisations who contributed and put in effort fighting crime and criminal activities ensuring that their streets are safe.

Seals further said the police will leave no stone unturned in order to fight and reduce the root causes of crime in the Lansdowne police precinct.


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