Contact crimes on the increase in these areas

2016-09-06 06:00

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The national crime statistics for the financial year, from April 2015 to March 2016, were released on Friday 2 September.

Diep River

Contact crimes in this area increased over the last financial year.

Most alarming was the robbery with aggravated circumstances which increased 47%. A total of 171 cases were reported. Common assault also increased from 133 cases to 147.

Burglary at non-residential premises showed an increase of 55.5% with 92 cases reported this year.

Buglary at residential premises increased 4% to 650 cases. Theft out of motor vehicle shows a significant drop – from 191 cases to 175.

Crime detected as a result of police action like drug related crime, illegal possession of fire arm and ammunition amongst others dropped 6%

Hout Bay

Contact crimes dropped by 15%. Robbery with aggravating circumstances dropped by 31.5% to 139 cases.

Assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm also shows a drop of 14% to 123 cases.

However there was an increase in attempted murder, with seven cases were reported this year compared to three from the previous year.

Property-related crimes on the whole dropped by 5% to 1875 cases.

Aggravated robberies are down almost 2% – one case less than the previous year. Burglary at residential premises shows a drop from 381 cases in the previous year to 293 in this year.


Contact crimes reported this year are 7% more than the previous year.

Burglary at residential premises dropped by 9%, with a total of 400 cases were reported this year.

Theft out of motor vehicles dropped by 43%, with only 80 cases reported.

Crime detected as a result of police action has gone down on the whole. There were 403 cases this year compared to 416 last year.

Aggravated robberies have gone up, with nine more cases reported this year on the previous year’s 19.


Contact crimes dropped 2% this year. There were 561 cases reported compared to 573 the previous year.

Common robbery dropped by 7%, with a total of 98 cases reported this year.

Theft out of motor vehicle is up by seven cases on the previous year’s 761 cases.

Burglary at residential properties is down by 1%. There were 359 cases this year compared to 363 last year.

Burglary at non residential premises is up by 14%.

Other crimes which include shoplifting or commercial crime shows a decrease. There were 3458 cases this year compared to 3646 previous year.

Aggravated robberies increased by one case on the 32 from the previous year.

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