Steenberg murder rate drops

2019-09-17 06:01

While residents have expressed serious concerns regarding the high number of murders that take place in the Steenberg policing precinct, police minister Bheki Cele’s crime statistics for 2018/2019 have shown a reduction in the murder rate during the past year.

Steenberg police station’s crime statistics for the past year show a 6.1% increase in ‘contact crimes’ which include murder, sexual offences, attempted murder, common assault and robbery, assault with the intention to inflict grievous bodily harm (assault GBH) and aggravated robbery.

Murder itself however has been reduced by 3.6%, with two fewer murders reported.

Aggravated robbery in the area has increased by a massive 40.3%, from 134 to 188 cases reported. The most notable reduction was in the area of assault GBH which had 13 fewer reported cases in the year.

Robbery at residential premises had a 200% increase, with six cases reported.

Cases of arson were reduced by four from the previous year – an 80% reduction.

With a total of 54 more cases of contact crimes reported at Steenberg police station during the year, it is clear that extra measures need be taken to improve the safety of Steenberg, Retreat, Cafda, Hillview, Seawinds and Lavender Hill residents.

Some of the other statistics for the Steenberg policing precinct include:

. Sexual offences, which fall within the category of contact crime, decreased by 6.8% with five fewer cases being reported.

. Contact sexual offences increased by two cases from the previous year, while attempted sexual offences decreased by one case, 33.3%.

. Common robbery increased by 9.8%, with nine more cases being reported this year, bringing the total up to 101 from 92.

Robbery at non-residential took a positive drop by 75%, with 12 fewer cases being reported this year than last year.

. Shoplifting, commercial crime and all theft not mentioned elsewhere increased by 13.7%, with 24 more incidents having been reported during the 2018/2019 period.

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