Big declines in PMB crime

2008-07-14 00:00

ALMOST all criminal activities in the Mountain Rise police station area went down by relatively large numbers, according to 2007/2008 SAPS crime statistics released over the weekend.

Mountain Rise and Alexandra Road were the only two stations in the midlands that showed improvement. The statistics cover April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008.

Mountain Rise and Alexandra Road recorded fewer murders (51 and 19 respectively compared to 70 and 29 previously).

Mountain Rise also reported a decline in rape incidents (71, down from 88). Robberies were significantly down in Mountain Rise (41 this year, 80 last year). Residential robberies decreased from 36 to 16, but business robberies remained at 16.

Another sharp decline was residential burglaries — 314 homes were burgled this year (645 last year), while only 63 businesses were hit (137 last year). Carjackings declined slightly, from 15 to 12.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram attributed Mountain Rise’s success to experienced leadership.

“They have an experienced leadership and very efficient administration and operation capabilities and these have reflected well,” he said.

Alexandra Road SAPS had 32 rapes, one more than the previous year. Common robbery was down to 44 cases (65 last year), but robbery with aggravating circumstances went up to 170 (165 last year).

The station saw an increase in robberies at home with 26 (16 last year) and at businesses (eight, after only two the previous year).

Sharp declines were recorded in burglaries at homes (618 —732 last year) and businesses (57 — 105 last year).

In the CBD, policed by the central station in Jabu Ndlovu Street, the good news is that business robberies dropped to 98 (144 last year). However, 21 homes were robbed, up from seven.

Burglaries increased at homes in the CBD with 162 (up from 154), but fewer businesses were burgled — 282 (387 last year).

The suburb of Prestbury saw increases in crime, from a low base.

Two murders were recorded, while there was one the previous year. Burglary at Prestbury homes declined to 115 from 119 last year, but there were eight business burglaries (three the previous year). Two cars were hijacked in the area.

However, in Pietermaritzburg’s township areas, the picture is gloomy.

Almost all crimes — murders, rape, robbery and burglary at residential and business premises — were in Edendale.

The only decrease was in car hijackings, 24 (26 last year).

There were 130 murders (up from 117) and 191 reported rape cases (up from 182).

Robberies at homes continued, 82 compared to 69 last year.

There were no robberies at Edendale businesses last year, but this year 12 were targeted.

Burglaries at home increased from 664 to 666 while 96 businesses were burgled (71 last year). Stock theft was also up: 119 compared to 72 last year.

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