Contact crimes decrease

2016-09-06 06:00

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The national crime statistics for the financial year, from April 2015 to March 2016, were released on Friday 2 September. The trend of a decrease in contact crimes nationally has also been reflected locally.

Athlone

Compared to the statistics from the 2014/2015 financial year, 65 fewer common robbery cases were reported in the precint than the 296 recorded previously, while the reported common assault cases dropped to 533 in relation to 590 reported cases last year.

The number of reported murders has dropped to a three-year low, with 16 cases of murder being reported. Sexual offences are at a 10-year low in the precinct with 64 cases reported.

Property crimes on the whole have decreased, with only burglaries at non-residential premises increasing by 8%.

There has also been a large turnaround in the number of cases of shoplifting – a drop of 46% to 236 – bring it to the lowest level in a decade.

Crime detected as a result of police action has increased by almost 10% despite a 13% drop in drivering under the influence charges.

Manenberg

Murder continues to be the biggest concern facing police in Manenberg, with only three fewer cases being reported in 2015/2016. The precinct saw 60 murders over the period. Sexual offences rose by 22.5% to 109 cases.

Despite 15 fewer cases of robbery with aggravated circumstances being reported, it is still at a highest level since 2008.

“When looking the crime statistics the first thing that comes to mind is that the police are failing the community. This is quite the contrary,” says Manenberg police spokesperson Captain Ian Bennett.

Property crimes in the precinct on the whole have decreased, with only motor vehicle and motor cycle theft increasing by 26% to 106 reported cases.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, drug-related crimes decreased by over 21% to 2508 cases, while driving under the influence charged dropped by 43 cases to a total of 215.

Bennett says the community has become infected and affected by drugs, gangs and violence due to unemployment, lack of education, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. These factors “pressurise” the police force as well as their resources in ensuring the safety of their community.

“If young people have better opportunities and can be assisted by all other relevant departments to steer the young people away from the ills within the society, the picture on crime would have a different look,” adds Bennett.

Meanwhile, carjacking in the area has increased to 20 cases, the highest level it has been at for 10 years.

However, Bennett insists that they are and have always been committed the community.

“Manenberg police and all other community organisations should create a platform to strengthen programmes and have a better impact on young people and the community of Manenberg. This will lead to the positive change within the Manenberg policing precinct.”


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