Margate still leads in home burglaries - 1468 reported

2015-10-01 06:00

THE official crime statistics released this week paint a not so rosy picture about crime on the South Coast. A number of people have taken to social media to express their shock and fear, with some even suggesting the situation is totally out of hand and drastic measures need to be taken to overhaul the police department and the justice system.

According to the statistics, burglaries at residential premises and robberies at residential premises continue to increase on the South Coast, with Margate once again having the highest number of home burglaries in KZN.

Burglaries at residential premises happen while the occupants are not home while robberies at residential premises happen while the occupants are home.

This year, 1 468 home burglaries were reported in Margate, while 49 home robberies were reported. In 2014 this number stood at 1 195 and 27 respectively.

In Southport, 353 home burglaries were reported this year compared to last year’s 327.

There has been a general decrease in reported sex-related crimes in most precincts although a few cases are still currently being investigated.

In Port Shepstone 85 sex-related crimes were reported this year, a huge drop from last year’s figure of 461.

Port Shepstone does not feature as much as last year in the “10 worst precincts” in the province, only appearing once at number six for culpable homicide with 37 cases reported.

Drug-related crimes increased in most precincts and there were more murders than last year in Port Edward, Margate and Port Shepstone reported.

A full breakdown of the statistics per area can be accessed on www.crime

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