Property 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.

Sea Point

Although contact crimes on the whole dropped in the precinct, three murders were reported to the station in the April 2015 to March 2016 year. There were zero cases reported in the previous year.

Sexual offences decreased by 37.5% to 10 in the period, and attempted murder dropped from four cases to three. Common assault increased from 114 cases to 125 and common robbery from 76 cases to 82.

Burglary at non-residential premises increased by 10% to 44 cases during the period, with burglary at residential properties dropping from 327 to 314 reported cases. This is the lowest recorded amount of burglaries at residential properties in 10 years (since 2006/2007).

Theft out of motor vehicles increased by almost 5% to 157 cases and theft of vehicles jumped by 59 cases to a total of 1177.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, drug-related crime was the only sector to show an increase of 14% to 911 cases in the 2015/2016 year.

Cape Town Central

Contact crimes as a category showed a decrease of 1.3%, with murders dropping from 12 cases to seven. Attempted murder dropped by one cases to 12. Common assault dropped by 5% to 596 cases, the lowest in 10 years.

However, sexual offences increased from 48 to 56 cases.

Burglary at non-residential premises decreased by 11.4%, with burglary at residential properties dropping from700 to 539 reported cases. This is also the lowest recorded amount of burglaries at residential properties since the 2006/2007 year.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, all categories showed an increase except for driving under the influence, in which there was a 10% decrease compared to 2014/2015 year.

Camps Bay

Contact related crime in Camps Bay increased by almost 27%, with sexual offences increasing by two cases to a total of three, attempted murder increasing to two cases and common assault increasing from two to five cases.

Burglaries at residential properties dropped 5% to 108 cases. Theft out of vehicles increased to 30 reported cases from 24 the previous year and theft of vehicles increased by 19 cases to a total of 103.

Under the category of crimes detected as a result of police action, drug-related crimes increase by almost 9% to 138, while driving under the influence charged dropped by 6 to a total of 20.

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