Increase in crime, convictions

2017-10-26 06:01

THE rise in crime is accelerating, with the latest figures showing a steep increase in all police-recorded offences across Jeffreys Bay, and even greater rise for violent offences.

According to Jeffreys Bay Station Commander Lieutenant Colonel Makhoasa Kiviet, August and September saw a big increase in robberies at businesses, especially at Ocean View, Mandela Bay and Tokyo Sexwale. “The victims are mostly foreigners and during most of the incidents firearms were used,” says Kiviet.

There has furthermore been a steep increase in house robberies, common robberies and murder.

According to the crime statistics released by the South African Police for the 2016/17 financial year, the number of residential robberies increased from 11 o 22, while burglaries at residential properties decreased from 343 cases to 336 cases.

A welcome decrease in murders has been reported, with eight murders taking place, compared to 13 in the previous reporting period. However, attempted murders increased by 200 % from six to 18 cases.

Some 36 vehicles were stolen in Jeffreys Bay, while 155 cars were broken into. House breakings also remain high in Humansdorp, with 212 cases being reported.

There has been an increase of 122 % in the number of residential burglaries in St Francis Bay, from 98 cases to 218.

Despite the increase in crime, more ca-ses were sent to court and the public prosecutor from April 2017 to October 2017 in comparison to the same time last year.

There are close to 200 fewer dockets less on the system, and conviction rate saw an increase.

Challenges faced include a lack of reliable sources, an increased amount of negligence among residents, and information of suspects posted on social media platforms.

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