Murderous suburb

2016-10-11 15:34

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The Muizenberg, Ocean View and Hout Bay police precinct is responsible for over 80% of all the murders in the Wynberg police cluster.

This was discussed at a recent meeting on policing needs and priorities held by the provincial department of community safety.

Between the 2010/11 and 2014/15 financial years 23% of the murders in the cluster happened in Muizenberg, 27% in Ocean View and 21% in Hout Bay.

The cluster, which is made up of 11 precincts, saw an overall increase of murders by 6% in these five years.

The largest crime category was property- related crime (including burglary and car theft), which amounted to almost two-thirds of all crime in the cluster.

Contact crimes made up 23% of the total police cases in the cluster and crimes as a result of police action 18%.

Wynberg and Muizenberg had the highest number of reported cases under the category of crimes as a result of police action, with 644 and 465 cases respectively.

Of crimes as a result of police action, drug-related crimes made up almost 70% of the total cases between 2010/11 and 2014/15.

Of the 644 cases in Muizenberg, almost 90% were drug-related crimes. Ocean View also recorded that 90% were drug-related.

The provincial trend is that the proportion of drug-related crimes in relation to total crime detected as a result of police action is above 60%, but three stations in the cluster recorded figures below this: Rondebosch (42%), Fish Hoek (48%) and Diep River (56%).

“Over a five year period, drug-related crime dominated crime detected as a result of police action, which could be a contributing factor to the contact and property-related crime in the cluster,” a report issued at the meeting states.

The cluster faces numerous challenges, the report found, including increasing levels of gangsterism and an increase in the number of drug dealers in the area.

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