Jeppestown, Bez Val­ley and Mabo­neng are car­jack­ing hotspots MEC Malobane

Inner City Gazette - - News -

The ma­jor­ity of armed rob­beries and bur­glar­ies are the re­sult of in­side jobs.

Crime stats sug­gests that if you are in Jeppestown, Bez Val­ley and Mabo­neng, that is where you are most likely to get car­jacked and mur­dered.

Com­mer­cial crime also in­creased in the prov­ince, as well as the il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion.

Gaut­eng Com­mu­nity Safety MEC Siza­kele Nkosi-Malobane says po­lice strug­gle to trace crim­i­nals.

“You will go to a crime scene and find pos­i­tive fin­ger­prints, but those pos­i­tive fin­ger­prints are not linked to any­body, which means most peo­ple who com­mit crimes are un­doc­u­mented.” Speak­ing in Johannesburg on the preva­lence of re­tail crime‚ Nkosi-Malobane said work­ers deal­ing with cash needed to be pro­filed.

“In 60% of crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties that hap­pened‚ either the in­for­ma­tion is from the work­ers or they are the ones that com­mit­ted that par­tic­u­lar crime‚” she said. Nkosi-Malobane called for the vet­ting of pri­vate se­cu­rity firms and their em­ploy­ees. Lieu­tenant-Gen­eral Sharon Japhta‚ the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner of vis­i­ble polic­ing‚ de­clared war on crim­i­nals ahead of the fes­tive sea­son.

“We have more re­sources avail­able for the fes­tive sea­son. We have seen that crim­i­nals start shop­ping very early‚ at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber. Our fes­tive sea­son plan will start kick­ing in, in three phrases‚” she said.

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