Carjacking, residential robbery on the up

2016-09-02 10:14
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Cape Town – Carjacking has increased by 14.3%, a police official told Parliament during the presentation of the 2015/16 crime statistics on Friday.

While this crime had increased in all provinces, theft out of motor vehicles had decreased, crime research and statistics head Major General Norman Sekhukhune told the police portfolio committee. The figures were for April 2015 to March this year.

Carjacking was highest in heavily-populated Gauteng.

Residential robbery increased by 2.7% in the same period. Gauteng had the highest number of reported residential robberies, but saw a decrease.

The Western Cape, meanwhile, had a worrying 19.3% increase in robberies at home. Eastern Cape was not far behind with a 13.4% increase.

Robberies at non-residential premises increased by 2.8%, as did cash-in-transit robberies (up 15.1%).

Sekhukhune said there was good news for truck hijacking, which had decreased by 7.4%. Decreases were noted in Gauteng, Western Cape and Limpopo, whereas increases were seen in Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape.

Bank robberies decreased by 64.7% percent, from 17 cases to 6 cases, in the last year.

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