Mixed results for police precincts

2016-09-06 06:00

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The 2015/2016 police crime statistics have been released. People’s Post looks at the crime statistics for the Mitchell’s Plain, Strandfontein, Lentegeur and Grassy Park – in which Pelican Park falls.

Lentegeur

The Lentegeur police precinct saw a general decrease of most crimes across the board.

Most notably, the station saw a decrease in almost all sections of the contact crimes category.

The precinct saw 156 less cases in the contact crime category, which includes attempted murder and assault. However the station has seen an increase of 27.5% for murder cases having registered 51 cases over the past year.

The precinct saw a drop in contact-related crimes including arson, which dropped from 13 cases to four.

Property-related crimes on the whole dropped by 126 cases. However, burglaries at non-residential premises, saw a 7% increase to a total of 89 cases.

Theft of motor vehicles also increased by 6% to 140 cases.

Shoplifting increased by 12% on the previous year’s 158 cases, bringing the total to 177.

There were 686 less serious crimes reported by the community in this year’s stats.

In crimes detected as a result of police action, there were 18 less arrests made by police in connection with illegal firearm possession and 83 less arrests for driving under the influence.

Police did however increase their drug arrests by 117 cases.

Mitchell’s Plain

The Mitchell’s Plain policing precinct saw a general decrease of most crime categories.

Although murders decreased by 22 cases from 141 to 119 and attempted murder dropped from 231 to 208 cases, the station did see an increase in common assault. Common assault cases increased by 232 cases to a total of 2079. Robbery with aggravated circumstances increased by 44 cases to 1347 in total.

The increase in these two crimes saw the overall contact crime category increase by 33 cases, which is less than 1%.

The station also saw increases in arson with 15 more cases reported.

There were 37 more vehicle theft cases reported, bring the total to 388, and 22 more cases of carjacking – a 30% increase.

There were 11 more residential robberies, which brought the total to 54 and 20 more robberies at non-residential premises.

This resulted in the overall increase of 27% more crimes registered in the aggravated robbery sub category.

Contact-related crimes decreased by 40 cases overall, with 118 less cases for property related crimes and 583 less other serious cases.

Areas that should have seen an increase under the crimes detected as a result of police action include 28 less arrests for illegal gun possession – a 11% drop – and 159 less arrests for drugs-related crimes, brining the total to 4609.

There were also 25 less arrests for driving under the influence, with a total of 149.

Strandfontein

The Strandfontein police precinct saw a general increase in most crimes.

Murders increased from five to seven, with sexual offences increasing by eight cases and common robbery by 10 cases.

This resulted in an overall increase for the contact crime category by eight cases – just over 2%.

Contact-related crimes increased by 17% to a total of 123 and other serious cases increased by six cases. Property-related crimes decreased by 40 cases to a total of 478.

In crimes detected as a result of police action, the Strandfontein police station managed to increase arrests by 175 – 42%.

Although they saw a decrease of 14 arrests for driving under the influence, bringing the total to 46, the station made 188 more drug-related arrests – an increase of 54.5% which brought the total to 533.

Grassy Park

Contact crimes in the Grassy Park precinct increased to 2% difference since last year – citing a 33 total case difference, with 1467 cases logged this year.

There was a 2% increase on murder cases when 42 cases were reported compared to the previous years’ 41 cases. Sexual offences increased by 19% to 76 cases.

Common robberies decreased by just under 1% to 122 cases and robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 9.5% to 276 cases.

Property-related crimes increased by an overall 5% with a 75 case difference compared to the previous year.

Burglaries at non-residential premises increased by 26% when compared to the previous year’s 155 cases.

Theft out of or from motor vehicles decreased by 6% with 517 reported this year.

Commercial crime in the area increased from 79 reported cases to 99 cases, bringing a 25% increase.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, drug-related crimes increased by four cases from 1 374 cases to 1 378 – a 0.3% increase. Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition increased from 55 cases to 89 this year – the highest recorded in 10 years since April 2006.

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