Stats show increase in burglaries, theft, drug and sex crimes

Burglaries and thefts from cars are on the rise in Rondebosch as is common robbery in Pinelands and Claremont, and drug crime and rape are up markedly in Woodstock.

These are just some of the red flags raised by the latest batch of police crime statistics.

Released by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday, the crime stats log reported crimes in the country from the beginning of March 2016 to the end of April this year.

The statistics point to a problem with residential burglaries in Rondebosch with the number of cases rising from 310 to 364. But non-residential burglaries are down from 23 to six. Rondebosch SAPS also reported no residential and non-residential robberies.

In Pinelands, residential burglaries dropped from 247 to 240 cases and non-residential ones went down from 76 to 62.

But both Rondebosch and Pinelands have seen increases in theft from vehicles, with cases rising 16.8% from 375 to 438 in Rondebosch and from 275 to 283 in Pinelands.

In Rondebosch, commercial crime dropped from 62 to 77 and drug-related-crime cases more than halved, from 104 to 44. Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol reduced from 93 to 48.

There were no murders reported in Rondebosch and sexual offences dropped from 12 to seven, while common assault rose from 38 to 47.

In Pinelands, sexual offences rose from four to nine, and assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm (GBH) climbed from 15 to
22.

Commonrobberyalmost doubled, from 45 to 81, and robbery with aggravating circumstances rose from 106 to 113.

Rape has gone up from one case last year to six this year. Sexual assault cases stayed at three.

Carjackings doubled from two to four; residential robbery rose from nine to 10; and non-residential robbery doubled, from four to eight.

In Claremont, there were two murders, compared to none for the same period the year before.

Sexual offences are up from 20 to 23; assault GBH is up by 18.2% and common robbery is also up, from 91 to 113 cases.

Robbery with aggravating circumstances is down from 199 to 182 as is carjacking (24 to three cases) and theft from vehicles (a 32% drop from 1035 to 701).

Vehicle theft dropped 17% from 200 to 166 cases and thefts from vehicles saw a marked drop from
1 035 to 701 cases.

Residential burglaries dropped from 636 to 541. Commercial crime went up by 50 cases and shoplifting by 40.

In Woodstock, figures remain more or less static for murders, sexual offences and assault GBH. There were four murders in Woodstock (the same as last year); sexual offences rose from 24 to 26 and assault GBH stayed at 65.

However, rape cases rose from 12 to 19 and sexual assaults from 24 to 26.

Residential robberies dropped from 21 to 17 and non-residential ones from 32 to 19.

Residential burglaries dropped from 454 to 333 cases and non-residential ones from 206 to 150.

Thefts from vehicles – a big crime in the area – dropped from 1 097 to 916 cases, but drug-related crime climbed from 906 to 1 054 and DUIs rose from 155 to 279.

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