Ocean View murders drop

2017-10-31 06:00

Despite ongoing gang violence in the area, the murder rate in Ocean View dropped by a third over a year.

The national police crime statistics were released last week, which showed that between April last year and March, there were 12 fewer murders compared to the previous year’s 41. The previous year’s rate was the highest recorded in ten years (“Murder rate shoots up”, People’s Post, 13 September 2016).

However, there was an overall increase in contact crimes in the area, with attempted murder increasing by nine cases to a total of 29. Assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm increased by 8% to 19 cases and common assault increased by 23% to 189 cases.

The “intervention of other units and the arrests of suspects led to the drop in murder cases”, says Ocean View visible policing head Captain Masiza Ponco.

However, policing in the area remains a challenge, says Ponco.

“The community does not give their assistance with providing information and [do not want] to be involved as they are scared of the gangsters,” he says.

Ocean View Community Policing Forum chairperson Kathy Cronje says the previous year’s murder rate spiked due to unrest and vigilante crimes in Masiphumelele.

However, Cronje cautions that despite there being relatively little gang violence in the period from April last year to March this year, since April this year there have been around 18 murders. Other crime statistics

. In Ocean View sexual offences dropped by 12%, which may be because fewer people are reporting it when it happens to them, says Cronje. Robbery and house break-ins both increased. Arrests as a result of police intervention increased by 69%.

. In Fish Hoek, contact crimes dropped by 12%, with only assault and robbery increasing by 8 cases each, to 41 and 28 respectively. Sexual offences dropped by 67%. Property-related crimes increased by 13%, with house break-ins increasing to 500 cases as opposed to 401 in the previous year. Theft out of cars also increased by 16% to 288 ­cases.

. While murder decreased by 7% to 25 in Muizenberg, attempted murder increased by a quarter to 20 cases. Home robberies increased by eight cases to 35 but home burglaries decreased by 30% to 423 cases.

. In Simon’s Town, contact crimes increased 37%, with sexual offences, assault and robberies all showing increases. Property crimes on the whole decreased by 24%, but car theft increased by nine cases to 28. Arrests as a result of police actions decreased by 36%.


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