SA’s crime capital

2017-10-31 06:01

Cape Town Central Police Station has posted the highest number of crimes in the country for the top 17 most serious crime categories. The policing precinct topped the list of the annual police crime statistics made public last week.

From April last year to March this year, the area saw 15 952 cases of the 17 most serious crimes. This is a more than 8% increase from the previous year. The crimes included under this category are murder, sexual offences, attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault, common robbery, arson, malicious damage to property, house break-ins, burglary at non-residential premises, car theft, theft out of cars, stock theft, other theft, business crime and shoplifting.

The second highest ranking precinct was Johannesburg Central with 13 044 crimes.

Cape Town Central spokesperson Captain Ezra October declined to comment, saying the station management would study the statistics.

Cape Town Central Community Policing Forum chairperson Marc Truss says there a number of factors causing the high number of crimes, such as the large number of visitors and workers coming to the area daily. He estimates around 1m people enter the city centre daily.

There are also various other socio-economic factors in the CBD that play a role in crime, such poverty, lack of jobs and social inequality.

A lack of resources is also a challenge.

Truss advises the community to take action by volunteering for neighbourhood watches and as police reservists.

Other crime statistics

. In Cape Town Central policing precinct, murders increased from 7 to 11. Sexual offences dropped by 16% to 47 and attempted murder dropped from 12 to 9. Assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm increased by 30% to 190. House break-ins increased 27% to 686.

. In the Camps Bay policing precinct one murder took place, along with 21 assault cases – the same as the previous year. Robbery and robbery with aggravating circumstances increased to 19 and 36 cases respectively. House break-ins increased 60% to 173 cases.

. In the Sea Point policing precinct sexual offences increased from 10 to 12, while rapes doubled from 3 to 6. Cases of common assault increased 6% to 132. The area showed a 27% decrease in contact-related crime and a decrease in all categories of property-related crime.

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