‘Report crime more’

2017-10-31 06:01

A representative of the Steenberg Community Policing Forum (CPF) says residents do not report crime often enough.

Mark Rossouw, spokesperson of the CPF, is urging residents to report crime because police officers are deployed based on crime statistics.

Police released the national crime statistics for the 2016/17 financial year last week.

According to these figures, Steenberg Police Station saw a significant decrease in most crimes. However, it is on the top 30 list in the country for attempted murder and sexual assault.

Contact crimes decreased 6% between April last year and March this year – from 1056 cases reported in the previous year.

The area also saw a decrease in attempted murder with 102 cases, down from 122 the previous year.

A total of 43 cases of murder were opened compared to 58 last year.

The number of cases of sexual offences reported this year increased to 81 – 42% more than the previous year.

Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm showed a 28% drop. Up to March 97 cases were reported.

Robbery with aggravated circumstances dropped 8% in the area to 159 cases.

Sexual offences increased 42% to 81 cases.

There were 45 rape cases opened this year – five more cases than the previous year.

Sexual assault cases more than doubled with a total of 35 cases being reported.

One case of attempted sexual offence was reported the previous year, while this year saw none.

Property-related crimes were down 9% from 750 the previous year.

A total of 308 cases of theft out of cars were reported this year compared to 328 previously.

Fifty-five cars or motorcycles were stolen in the year up to March compared to 64 the previous year.

There were 270 house break-ins compared to 300 the previous year. Burglaries at non-residential premises took place 46 times.

House robberies were up by seven cases after 10 were reported the previous year.

Robbery at non-residential premises decreased from 16 the previous year to 9.

Carjacking dropped to 11 from 15 the previous year.

Crimes detected as a result of police action decreased 8% from a total of 2012 cases reported the previous year. A total of 90 cases were opened for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition compared to 114 in the previous year.

Drug-related crimes dropped 7% from 1831 cases.

A total of 53 cases of people driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol were opened – 21% fewer than before.

Rossouw says: “There is still room for improvement, but the officers of the precinct are making a concerted effort to reduce all crime in our area.

“Although the crime stats in general reflect a reduction in most crimes the spike in the murder rate can be ascribed to the gang violence, which prevailed in Lavender Hill for a protracted period of time. The most important thing the community can do to assist in the fight against crime is to report crime and not be culpable in aiding and abetting criminals,” he says.

. Muizenberg Police Station reports that contact crimes decreased 10% to 982 cases in the year up to March.

Two fewer murders were reported after the 27 reported previously. Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm decreased 19% to 127 this year.

There was a 9% increase in various categories of aggravated robberies, including carjacking, cash-in-transit robberies and house robberies. House break-ins decreased 31%.

Muizenberg police spokesperson Captain Stephen Knapp says the policing precinct is continuously increasing in population size and, although hampered by resources, officers were still able to reduce most crime categories.

“The crime statistics are a remarkable reflection of the dedication and hard work of police officers. It must, however, be remembered that many of these successes are a result of partnerships with various community organisations,” he says.


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