Robberies on the rise, crime stats reveal

2013-09-19 11:33
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. (GCIS, Sapa)

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. (GCIS, Sapa)

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2013-09-19 10:09

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Pretoria - The number of aggravated robberies increased by 1.2% over the past financial year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

However, there were still 29.7% fewer of these crimes than nine years ago and 18.7% less than four years ago, Mthethwa said at the release of the 2012/2013 crime statistics in Pretoria.

Residential burglaries increased by 3.3% in the past financial year, and non-residential burglaries by 1.7% over the same period.

In the 2012/2013 financial year:

- theft out of motor vehicles increased by 3.6%;

- commercial crimes increased by 0.6%;

- car hijacking increased by 5.4%;

- robbery at residential premises increased by 3.6%;

- truck hijacking increased by 14.9%;

- drug-related crime increased by 13.5%; and

- cases of drunken driving, or driving under the influence of drugs, increased by 1.5%.

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