Greytown leads District in burglaries

2017-11-01 06:01

GREYTOWN SAPS precinct experienced the highest number of burglaries in the district compared to the figures for Msinga, Kranskop and Matimatolo according to the statistics released by the SAPS last Tuesday covering the period between April 2016 and March 2017.

A total of 256 were recorded - 65 at non-residential premises and 191 residental. This was, however, slightly down from 2016 when a total of 316 burglaries were reported. Greytown also had more robberies with aggravating circumstances - 67 - an increase of four from the previous year.

In KZN, on average, someone is murdered every two hours - the total for the period covered was 4 014, Greytown recorded 28 murders and 27 attempted murders. Matimatolo recorded 29 and 20 attempted. Kranskop 13 and 28 attempted and Msinga recorded the highest number of murders - 42 and 49 attempted murders.

Msinga also recorded the highest number of sexual offences - 72. Greytown was 42, Kranskop 28 and Matimtolo 26.

Msinga again recorded the highest illegal possession of firearms - 96 incidents, Matimatolo 34, Kranskop 19 and Greytown 17.

Numbers recorded for assaults with grievous bodily harm - in Greytown 145 cases recorded, slightly down on the previous year’s total of 156. In Msinga 169 recorded - down on the previous total of 217. Kranskop had 140 cases and Matimatolo 73.

Malicious damage to property showed 77 in Greytown, 66 Msinga, 40 in Kranskop and 17 in Matimatolo.

Greytown again has the dubious honour of leading theft of vehicles - 20 cases, Kranskop 16, Msinga eight and surprisingly zero for Matimatolo.

Msinga led on stock theft - 91 with 51 cases in Greytown, 44 Kranskop and 18 in Matimatolo.

It is highly probable that the actual numbers are higher than those recorded by police statistics.

Greytown and district residents frequently make use of the excellent services of Golf 911 and the security firms operating in the area, rather than the police so unless an arrest is made it is more than likely that such crimes are not recorded.

An alert – on Saturday morning, just after 9am the Greytown Gazette editor drove out of the driveway of her home. Approximately two minutes later, a vehicle with ND 246 726 registration drove in. A male and two females got out - told the employee that they had come to look at cupboards – one female distracted her while the other two went into the house. On realising what was happening the employee immediately hit a panic button and all three dashed out and drove off, but disappeared despite a security firm search.

Please a reminder to everyone – do not open a security gate to anyone – no matter what story they spin.

Inform your employees if anyone is expected.

If you’re not already a member, please join your Neighbourhood Watch and consult a security firm as to what security procedures you could install.

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