Southern suburbs crime declines

2015-10-06 06:00

The Wynberg police cluster has experienced a noticeable decrease in most of its crime categories, but carjacking and robbery remain causes for concern.

The cluster covers various southern suburbs communities from Mowbray to Ocean View, with most stations reporting an increase in carjackings and robbery with aggravated circumstances in the year until March.

In most robberies, victims reported being robbed near public transport interchanges, businesses or when arriving home and park in their driveways.

Victims were often confronted while walking alone. They were approached from behind and robbed of personal belongings. With the area having a large student population, they are common targets.

According to police, the perpetrators are generally from outside the area, which makes detection difficult. The robbers were often in groups of two or three persons. Police spokesperson Captain Angie Latchman says the police have sustainable strategies and action plans will be implemented to address all problematic crimes.

For instance, stations have increased patrols on foot and in cars in all identified hotspots. Undercover units have also been deployed to observe problematic areas. The police hold safety talks with students at schools and on campuses as well as regular vehicle checkpoints and stop and search operations.

“Stations have also made significant arrests in a number of crime categories. Numerous persons have been arrested for possession of dangerous weapons, which could have led, had they not been arrested, to more serious crimes being committed.”

“Police have also arrested people for being in possession of stolen property, which in turn have led police to arrest persons in connection with house break- ins,” she says. Police also say joint operations with stakeholders such as metro police, law enforcement, traffic, community police forums and neighbourhood watches have helped reduce crime.

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