Local crime stats are on trend

2017-10-31 06:00

The continuing decrease in contact crimes nationally has also been seen locally, despite an increase in the number of murders reported at Athlone Police Station. However, more sexual offences are being reported, according to police crime statistics revealed last week.

AthloneThe number of rape cases which were reported at Athlone Police Station from April last year to March this year was 71% more than during the previous year. Seventeen more cases were reported in the year to March, which affects the overall increase in sexual crimes of 11%.

Robberies with aggravating circumstances stayed the same at 67 cases compared to 69 the previous year.

Police have played their role in identifying crime through the work they do by unearthing an extra 519 cases, building on the 1552 cases in the previous year, but they filed 17 fewer cases relating to firearms and ammunition compared to the previous year.

ManenbergPolice in Manenberg have reported 58 fewer cases of contact crimes in the year between April last year and March this year.

As is the case with Athlone Police Station, Manenberg has also seen an increase in reported sexual crimes: Up to 133 cases, from 109 in the previous year.

Robbery with aggravated circumstances increased 24% to 68 cases.

According to Gun Free South Africa the national statistics show the number of murders, attempted murders and robberies with aggravating circumstances – crimes most likely committed with a gun – has increased for the fifth year running.

Nationally, 51 South Africans are murdered every day, an increase of 2% from the previous year.

Research by the Medical Research Council has proven that the decline in South Africa’s overall murder rate between 2000 and 2010 was a direct result of introducing stronger gun laws. In 2012, this trend began reversing. The steady increase in violent crime dating from 2012 coincides with a breakdown in South Africa’s firearms control management system.

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