Crime stats reveal improvement

2019-09-17 06:00
Ocean View police spokesperson Sgt Leon Fortuin encourages the community to get involved in the fight against crime. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Ocean View police spokesperson Sgt Leon Fortuin encourages the community to get involved in the fight against crime. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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The official crime statistics for the 2018/2019 year have been released by police minister Bheki Cele and the results for the “Deep South” show an overall improvement in the category of contact crimes.

Simon’s Town police station saw a reduction in contact crimes by 0.8%, with one less case than last year; and Muizenberg saw a reduction of 2.9%, with 31 fewer cases of contact crime.

Ocean View saw a reduction of 7%, with 48 fewer cases; and Fish Hoek, a reduction of 24.8%, with 53 fewer cases.

Contact crimes include murder, sexual offences, attempted murder, common assault and robbery, assault with the intention to inflict grievous bodily harm (assault GBH) and aggravated robbery.

Ocean View police spokesperson Sgt Leon Fortuin attributes their year-on-year reduction in crime to teamwork with the community.

“We are always striving to get better, so we are happy that these stats show an improvement.”

He says the establishment of neighbourhood watch groups, restoring the community’s faith in the police, having an active community policing forum where more people have come on board and successful community meetings held in Ocean View, Masiphumelele and Kommetjie all played a role.

He adds that the police still need the community to assist them by reporting crimes. “When you don’t say anything, you are saying something. By not reporting crimes, you assist criminals.”

The crime category that showed the highest increase in Ocean View, however, was that of attempted sexual offences which went up from three cases to six, a 100% increase.

Muizenberg saw a 260% increase in cases of arson, from five in the previous year to 18 this year.

Simon’s Town saw three more cases of attempted murder this year, a 150% increase, and Fish Hoek saw one more case of assault GBH, bringing its highest increase to 12.5%.

V See the full report of crime for 2018/2019 on the South African Police Service website: www.saps.gov.za/services/crimestats.php

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