High number of sexual offences

2018-09-27 06:02
PHOTO: sourcedPolice are clamping down on prostitution and indecency in the Port Shepstone area.

PHOTO: sourcedPolice are clamping down on prostitution and indecency in the Port Shepstone area.

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AT 732 cases reported in the past year, Port Shepstone has the highest number of “sexual offences detected as a result of police action” on the South Coast. Surpassed only by “community-reported serious crimes” (3445 cases), the offence is also the second highest occurring crime in the region.

This is based on the official crime statistics released by police last week.

According to police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane, these cases refer to arrests made from persons charged for public indecency, reported indecent behaviour, prostitution and the likes.

He said the most common areas affected by this type of offence are the streets along the Port Shepstone beachfront and Marburg, and a typical example of these is prostitution.

“Police at Port Shepstone have been responding to the needs of the community by clamping down on these types of crimes and the success of the police unit in this regard is visible in the crime statistics,” said Zwane.

Zwane said the highest contributor to the above-mentioned cases is alcohol and drugs.

“Patrons become vulnerable as they are targeted after frequenting liquor outlets. They are either raped, robbed or assaulted on their way home,” said Zwane.

He said an increase in reports of these cases seen in the past year was primarily due to awareness campaigns on drugs, liquor abuse and domestic violence.

“Continuous campaigns are constantly being rolled out and the SAPS has invited religious organisations, traditional leaders and other departments to get involved in combatting these social anomalies, which cannot be resolved by conventional policing alone,” said Zwane.

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