Contact crimes on the increase

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.


Murder in this precinct went down from five cases in 2015 to four this year and attempted murders also took a drop from six to nine.

Sexual offences went up from 18 cases to 24 but assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm dropped from 75 to 65 cases. Robbery with aggravated circumstances jumped from 279 cases to 368.

Property-related crimes also took a jump with incidents at businesses going up from 176 to 206 cases and at private residences from 339 to 454 cases.

Thefts of cars and motorbikes also went up from 218 to 261 cases. Theft from vehicles went down from 1107 cases last year to 1097 this year.


Contact crimes saw murders coming down from six to five and sexual offences from 13 to 11. However, attempted murders went up to five from two last year.

Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm jumped to 67 cases from 38 and common assault went up to 124 from 118 cases.

Burglaries at business premises dropped from 211 cases to 163, but jumped to 131 from 120 at residential premises.

Theft of vehicles saw a drop from 86 to 68 cases but theft out of vehicles went up to 327 cases from 277.

Crime detected as a result of police action saw the illegal possession of guns and ammunition drop from nine to two incidents and drug-related crime took a drop from 235 cases to 204.


Murders dropped from 15 to nine cases but sexual offences increased to 22 from eight case in the previous year.

Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm also jumped from 44 cases to 54. Common assault rose from 142 cases to 207. Attempted murder dropped from 30 to 18 cases and common robbery dropped to 35 cases from 41 in the previous year.

Robbery with aggravating circumstances also increased from 66 to 82 cases.

Crime detected as a result of police action saw cases of illegal possession of guns and ammunition drop to 17 from 34 and drug related crime to 570 from 590.


Sexual offences dropped to four from 12 in the previous year. There was also a decrease in the numbers of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault and common robbery.

Burglaries at non-residential premises went up to 76 from 61 cases in the previous year but burglaries at homes went down to 247 from 289 cases.

Theft of vehicles increased from 93 to 101 and theft out of cars jumped from 248 to 275 cases.

Drug-related crime in the area also dropped from 236 to 212 cases.

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