Crime, in numbers

2018-09-18 06:00

Woodstock Police Station is in the top 30 in the country for the most cases of common robbery and theft out of or from motor vehicles.

The station is 21st on the property-related crime list with 950 cases, 34 more than the previous period’s 916.

The station also occupies position 27 on the list of stations with the highest number of common robberies, with the increase in its figures being 2%.

It recorded 249 cases of common robbery, five more than the previous period.

Police minister Bheki Cele recently released the National Crime Statistics for the 2017/2018 financial year.

The general reaction to the figures has been one of shock, with the murder rate climbing so high that even Cele at some point referred to South Africa as a warzone. This after it emerged that 57 people are murdered in the country every day.

Woodstock’s murder figures saw a 25% increase with five murders reported compared to four in the previous period.

There has been an increase in all contact crimes. The station’s total contact crimes (crimes against the person) increased from 826 in the 2016/17 period to 896, an 8.5% increase in 2017/18.

There has also been a 30.8% increase in total sexual offences with 34 cases reported in the 2017/18 financial year compared to 26 in the period before.

There are positive signs – a decrease in some property-related crimes like burglary at residential premises, which went down by 60 cases from 333 in 2016/17 to 273 in the latest reporting period.

Even though crime detected as a result of police action took a dip by 40%, from 805 cases in the previous financial year to 537 in the period ending March this year, there was a 33.3% increase in successes as far as illegal possession of firearms and ammunition is concerned.

No comment had been forthcoming from the Woodstock police at the time of going to print.


The area, particularly Factreton, has been rocked by a scourge of shootings, some fatal, in recent times.

This may account for the 500% increase in attempted murder figures (which increased from six in 2016/17 to 36 in the recent reporting period).

The murder count has increased by one case, from six in the previous period to seven in 2017/18.

Shoplifting also increased – nine cases were reported in the 2017/18 period compared to just one in 2016/17.

The station posted a 123.6% increase in total crime detected as a result of police action.

Cases of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition also went up from three in the previous financial year to 28 – an increase of 833.3% in the 2017/18 period.


The station recorded a decrease in all but two contact crimes – sexual offences and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

There was an increase of 120% in sexual assault with 11 cases reported this year compared to five last year. A total of 10 rape cases were reported in the 2016/17 financial year compared to 15 in the 2017/18 period, an increase of 50%.

The station also recorded a drop in commercial crime and shoplifting.


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