Mixed results for local stations

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.

Fish Hoek

Dubbed the safest precinct in the 2014/2015 crime statistics, Fish Hoek saw two cases of murder and sexual offences double in the last financial year. However, common assault cases dropped by 36% and common robbery dropped by 28%, which saw contact crimes dropping by almost 16%.

Burglary at non-residential premises dropped 8% to 34 cases. Burglaries at residential premises climbed by 49 cases to a total of 401.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, cases involving illegal possession of firearms and ammunition increased from three to six cases and drug-related crimes increase by 23% to 133.

Simon’s Town

Contact crimes in the precinct dropped by almost 24%, with sexual offences dropping from 11 to four cases.

Common assault dropped by almost 14% and common robbery by 70%, to a total of five.

Burglary at non-residential premises jumped from 14 cases in the previous year to 35, the highest in 10 years. Burglaries at residential properties spiked to 253 cases, an increase of 4.5%, to the highest recorded in five years.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, cases involving illegal possession of firearms and ammunition increased from three to five cases and drug-related crimes increase by almost 8% to 83.

Ocean View

Reported murders within the precinct hit a 10-year high, with 41 cases. This is 58% increase on the previous year.

Sexual assault cases increased 27.5% to 51 and common assault increase from 106 cases in the previous year to 153.

Burglary at non-residential premises also reached a 10-year high, with a 55% increase to 76 cases. However, burglaries at residential areas dropped 11% to 213 cases.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, cases involving illegal possession of firearms and ammunition decreased from 15 to seven cases and drug-related crimes increased 58% to 366.

Muizenberg

Although contact crimes on the whole increased by 14%, murder decreased by almost 7% to 27 cases, sexual offences by 5% to 58 cases and attempted murder by 69% to 16 cases.

Common assault increased to 366 cases from last year’s 286 to reach a ten year high and common robbery to 175 from last year’s 118.

Burglary at non-residential premises dropped 27% to 49 cases and burglaries at residential premises reached 610 – a decrease of 10% and the lowest since the 2006/2007 statistics.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, cases involving illegal possession of firearms and ammunition decreased from 31 to nine cases and drug-related crimes increased 37% to 471.

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