Crime stats: residential robberies in the red

2019-09-17 06:00

The latest crime statistics for 2018/2019 released last week flagged a high incident of burglaries at residential premises in Claremont with a staggering 437 cases.

Another area of concern is theft out of or from a vehicle with a total of 807 cases reported in Claremont.

Rondebosch police station reported 437 cases, while Mowbray registered 171 cases.

Carjacking figures in Claremont showed an alarming 125% increase from eight to 18. A total of 12 carjacking incidents were reported in Mowbray. Rondebosch police station showed six carjacking cases.

The crime statistics are divided into six crime categories for each police station: contact crimes, total sexual offences, subcategories of aggravated robbery, contact-related crimes, property-related crimes and other serious crimes. Each crime category includes a number of sub-categories.

The People’s Post Claremont/Rondebosch edition distribution area includes four police stations. Their statistics are as follows­:

Mowbray

Crime categories that showed a slight increase include contact-related crimes and property-related crimes. There was an increase in murder, common assault, rape, robbery at residential premises from nine to 11 and malicious damage to property, with the most significant increase in theft out of or from a motor vehicle at 25.7%, from 136 cases to 171 cases.

The 33.3% rise in carjacking cases, from nine to 12, was also worrying.

Crime categories showing a decrease include contact crimes, sexual offences and other serious crimes.

A total of 193 crimes were detected as a result of police action; a 14.9% increase from 168.

Kirstenhof

Crime categories showing an increase include contact crime and total sexual offences. Of these, the most significant increases were common assault from 97 cases in 2017/2018 to 121, rape from 23 cases to 28 cases and sexual assault from three cases to eight.

Crime categories showing a decrease include contact-related crimes, property-related crimes and other serious crimes.

Carjacking decreased from eight cases to six cases, burglary at residential premises from 309 to 227 and theft out of or from a motor vehicle from 210 to 182.

There was a 38% drop in the number of total crime detected as a result of police action (from 174 cases in 2017/2018 to 107 cases in 2018/2019).

Rondebosc h

All of the crime categories in Rondebosch showed an overall decrease. The most significant decrease was that of attempted murder from six cases to just one case.

Carjacking showed a slight decrease from seven cases reported to six in 2018/2019. The police station showed a low incident of robbery at residential premises. The cases decreased from 13 cases to eight.

Subcategories that showed the highest increase in cases were theft out of a motor vehicle and motorcycle from 149 cases to 179 and theft out or from a vehicle from 418 cases to 437.

Total crime detected as a result of police action jumped by 37.1% from 132 cases to 181.

Claremont

Crime categories showing an increase include contact-related crime, subcategories of aggravated robbery, property-related crimes and other serious crimes. There was a 125% increase in carjackings from eight cases to 18. Theft of motor vehicles increased from 149 cases to 192. Theft out of or from a motor vehicle increased from 625 cases to 807.

Crime categories showing a decrease included total sexual offences, contact-related crimes. The most significant decrease was a drop of 40.4% in burglary at non-residential premises (from 89 cases to 53 cases). Although the incident of burglary at residential premises were still high, it did show a decrease from 453 cases to 437 cases.

Total crime detected as a result of police action was down from 138 in 2017/2018 to 112 in 2018/2019.

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