Crime on trains, stations reined in

2011-11-01 21:13
Cape Town - Crime on trains and at stations has dropped by more than a third over the past two years, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Tuesday.

Latest figures "indicate an average annual reduction of 36.78%" from 2009/10 to 2010/11, he said in a written reply to a parliamentary question.

The minister cited crime statistics from the records of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA's security arm and the SA Railway Police.

According to a table attached to the reply, murder and attempted murder dropped from 184 incidents to 122.

Sexual offences, including rape, attempted rape and indecent assault, dropped by 65.3%, from 202 cases to 70.

Cases of common assault dropped from 745 to 468 (by 37.2 %), while aggravated robbery dropped by 35.9% - from 895 to 574 cases.

Common robbery dropped by 29.2%, from 921 to 652 incidents.

Ndebele said there were 6 648 security officers - including in-house, private and SA Railway Police personnel - deployed on trains or in stations in Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.

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