Crimes at most police stations in Pietermaritzburg were down from July to September compared to the same period last year.
This is according to the second-quarter crime statistics released by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday.
The Taylor’s Halt police station saw the biggest increase in serious crime.
Murders went up from 10 last year to 24 this year, while attempted murders went up from two to eight.
There were also more malicious damage to property cases reported — 22 then compared to 32 now. Burglary at residential propertiesdropped, however, from 65 then to 34 now.
Known as Pietermaritzburg’s crime hotspot, murder cases reported at the Plessislaer police station dropped from 45 to 39. Sexual offence cases also saw a drop, from 57 last year to 46 now.
There was, however, a big increase in robbery cases at residential properties, from 18 to 45.
Robbery cases at non-resident properties also climbed, from 21 to 60.
Burglary cases at residential premises came down from 228 to 178.
Overall, the majority of the crimes reported at the Mountain Rise police station were down.
There were 15 murder cases reported compared to 18 last year. Sexual offences were also down, from 45 then to 40 now.
Robbery at residential premises shot up, however, from nine to 17.
At the Pietermaritzburg police station, crimes were down in all categories. Only four murders were reported compared to 16 last year.
Shoplifting was also down, from 155 to 114.
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In the sub-category under property related crimes, burglary at non-residential properties went up from 82 to 87. Burglary at residential premises increased from 13 to 24.
At the Townhill police station the most cases of crime reported were burglary at residential properties, with 44 reported.
Last year at the same time, the figure stood at 29.
At the Alexandra Road police station, there was a drop in almost all of the main crime categories.
However, carjackings shot up, from five to 13 now. So did robbery at residential premises, which went up from nine to 28.