Alex township vs Sandton - crime stats

2015-09-29 17:59

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Johannesburg - A closer comparison of the crime statistics in Alexandra and Sandton reveals that South Africa still largely remains a country where some people fight for their lives and others for their iPads.

While the two suburbs lie side by side, the vast disparity in their experience of crime was revealed during the release of statistics to Parliament in Cape Town on Tuesday.

The Alexandra police station - in the apartheid-era township - dealt with 68 cases of murder, 126 cases of attempted murder and 219 incidents of sexual offences between April 2014 and March 2015.

Its more upmarket neighbour handled eight murder cases, 11 attempted murders and 60 sexual offences.

In Alexandra more than 1 500 assault cases were reported, with the number about a third less in Sandton.

But 714 cases of house burglaries were registered in Sandton, compared with 391 in Alexandra. A total of 212 house robberies were recorded at the Sandton police station, while 92 were docketed at Alexandra.

Police differentiate between burglaries as being invasions in which no violence is used and robberies being those incidents that are marked by violent force.

While Alexandra had more drug-related crimes reported overall, it is Sandton that has an increasing drug problem – at least in terms of cases reported.

The 835 drug-related cases reported in Alexandra indicates a 19.9% drop in this category of crime, while the 358 cases reported in Sandton, represents a 49.2% increase year on year in that area.

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