Murder attempts double

2015-10-06 06:00
Steenberg Police Station has experienced an increase in several crime catergories for the 2014/2015 financial year. 

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Steenberg Police Station has experienced an increase in several crime catergories for the 2014/2015 financial year. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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Murder attempts in the Steenberg police precinct have doubled in the past financial year.

About 40 more cases of attempted murder were reported to the police, compared to the total of 39 cases listed in the national police statistics.

The statistics, which were released last week, revealed a decrease in robbery with aggravated circumstances for the year until March.

Drug-related cases have increased by 14% to 1456 cases from 1273 cases in the previous year.

It was also revealed that the number of cases of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition increased by 22%, with 13 more cases reported than the previous year.

Commenting on the statistics, Lieutenant-Colonel Jan Alexander, commander of Steenberg police station explains there is much work to be done to curb crime.

“There has been an increase in gang-related activity, murders and attempted murders. With the help and support of the community we hope to tackle these issues and decrease the crime rate,” he says.

He further calls on all residents to “step up and commit to change”. Residents are urged to join their local neighbourhood watches and community safety structures to discuss how to go forward in tackling crime in the community.

“I will be present at community meetings regularly to build a partnership with the community. We must build this partnership to ensure our enemies do not move in and separate us and take our focus off our main goal, which is to stop the scourge of crime,” Alexander says.

Lieutenant-Colonel Ismail Daniels, commander of Muizenberg police station, says illegal shebeens in Vrygrond, are a continuous contributing factor to many crime categories.

The precinct covers several communities from Vrygrond to Kalk Bay. “Over the past financial year 158 operations have been carried out at these premises with a total of 6403F of alcohol confiscated. A total of 41 people were arrested for selling liquor without a licence over this period,” he says.

Daniels says these operations have also helped Muizenberg police to reduce the number of illegal shebeens from 53 in 2014 to 28 this year. “During operations which concentrated on gang activities and drugs, a total of 27 firearms were confiscated in cases of the illegal possession of firearms. The following drugs were removed from our streets: 5kg dagga, 496 mandrax tablets, 481g tik.”

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