Crime stats: bleak picture

2019-09-17 06:00

Philippi East police station is standing at position five countrywide when it comes to the number of murders reported in the past year. A total of 185 people were murdered in this precinct.

The national and provincial crime statistics were released by the national minister of police Bheki Cele last week and it painted a shocking picture.

When one looks at the overall numbers for the Western Cape, 245 more murders were reported in the past year (3 974 compared to 3 729 in 2017/18).

While 20 fewer cases of rape were reported at the Philippi East police station, the 185 cases are still an alarming statistic.

With regards to attempted murder, provincially, the station is in the 27th spot with 97 cases reported.

This is 19 less than the previous year when 118 cases were reported.

The station is also standing at number 28 in the Western Cape for so-called “trio crimes” with 301 cases reported between 2018 and 2019 as opposed to 336 in 2017/18.

Trio crimes are carjacking, robbery at residential premises and robbery at non-residential premises.

The Manenberg police station took the number four spot in the province for sexual assault cases with 45 cases reported; one more than last year.

When it comes to malicious damage to property cases, 47 more incidents were reported (502 versus 549).

Twenty fewer cases of illegal possession of guns were reported to the Manenberg police this year (108 versus 128).

For attempted sexual assault, Athlone station recorded 30 cases between 2018 and 2019. In 2017/18, 27 cases were reported – an increase of three cases.

When it comes to crimes that were detected as a result of police action, the Athlone police station is standing at number 23 in the province.

These types of crimes include illegal possession of a firearm, drug related crimes and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In the past year 1 775 cases were reported compared to the 2 295 cases reported in 2017/18.

This is a decrease of 520 cases.

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith, said in a statement, ‘‘Policemen and women on the ground are doing their best in very difficult circumstances, but they are hamstrung by management failures and their lives are put at risk.”

According to Smith there is a complete breakdown in the criminal justice system – from policing to prosecutions.

‘‘It is imperative for the provincial government to hasten the intergovernmental dispute against the national government to return the 4 500 police officers that have been lost by the province over the last four years,” he explained.

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