Stats show climb in sexual offences

2019-09-17 06:00

National crime statistics for the 2018/2019 year released last week revealed a worrying climb in total sexual offence cases.

Cases reported at Wynberg police station increased by 104%, at Kirstenhof police station by 33.3%, at Diep River police station by 31.3% and Hout Bay police station by 11.1%.

Of these four police stations, Hout Bay recorded the highest number of murder cases: 20.

Theft out of or from a vehicle remained high with Wynberg reporting a 27.2% increase, a total of 805 cases.

Diep River registered 376 cases, Kirstenhof 182 and Hout Bay 276.

Although fewer burglaries at residential premises were reported than in previous years, numbers were high. Diep River police station reported the highest number with a total of 346 cases.

The crime statistics are divided into six crime categories for each police station: contact crimes, total sexual offences, subcategories of aggravated robbery, contact-related crimes, property-related crimes and other serious crimes. Each crime category includes several sub-categories.

The People’s Post Constantia/Wynberg edition distribution area includes four police stations. Their statistics are as follows­:


Crime categories showing an increase include contact crime and total sexual offences. Of these, the most significant increases were common assault from 97 cases in 2017/2018 to 121, from 23 rape cases in 2017/2018 to 28, and from three sexual assault cases in 2017/2018 to eight.

Carjacking decreased from 8 cases in the previous statistics to six cases. A total of 227 cases for burglary at residential premises were recorded for the latest figures compared to 309 in 2017/2018 and theft out of or from a motor vehicle from declined from 210 to 182.

There was a 38% drop in the number of total crime detected as a result of police action (from 174 cases in 2017/2018 to 107 cases in 2018/2019).


Of the six crime categories listed in the crime statistics, five showed an increase. Other serious crimes remained unchanged.

Total sexual offences saw the highest increase of 104.8%. The most significant increases were rape from nine cases to 25, sexual offences from 21 cases to 43, sexual assault cases from six to 13 cases.

There was a 26.5% decrease in burglary at residential premises from 396 to 291 reported cases.

Total sexual offences rose by 31.3% for 2018/2019. Significant increases recorded include sexual offences from 16 cases to 21, attempted murder from four cases to nine cases, assault with the intent to commit grievous bodily harm increased from 20 to 33 cases and carjacking from 12 cases to 16.

Property-related crimes were the only crime category that showed a decrease. There was a slight drop in burglaries at residential premises from 349 cases to 346 cases, while theft out or from a motor vehicle dropped from 403 cases to 376 cases. Only one murder was reported compared to four for the previous statistics.

Hout Bay

Crime categories showing an increase include total sexual offences and some subcategories of aggravated robbery. The most significant increases were in murder from 15 cases to 20, sexual offences from 36 cases to 40. Rape cases increased from 30 to 33. Five carjacking cases were reported compared to three in 2017/2018.

There was an encouraging decrease of 41.8% in burglaries at non-residential premises from 67 cases to 39.

Cases of burglaries at residential premises declined from 303 to 276 and theft from or out of a motor vehicle from 234 to 182 cases.


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