Murder increase in EC towns
Variations in crime categories for 2014/2015
CRIME statistics for the 2014/15 financial year, released by the police two weeks ago, indicate an increase in murder cases in Whittlesea, Lady Frere and Cofimvaba.
In the Whittlesea area murder cases increased by three from 14 to 17, sexual offences from 88 to 110 while attempted murder went down from seven to five. Assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm went down from 199 to 190, common assault was up from 45 to 75 with common robbery increasing from 14 to 15 and robbery with aggravat- ing circumstances going up by 45% from 35 to 51. Arson decreased from five to three, burglary at non residential areas increased from 11 to 20, with a decrease at residential areas from 90 to 76 and theft of motor vehicles moving up from five to 11.
Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition remained at three, drug related crimes at 258 with carjacking steady at two. Truck hijacking moved from one to two, robbery at residential premises remained at one while rob- bery at non residential premises increased from 12 to 19.
In Lady Frere, murder cases increased by 55% to 45 from 29, total sexual offences decreased from 86 to 74 and attempted murder went down from nine to two. Assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm went up by one from 170, common assault was down from 65 to 58, common robbery increased from seven to 16 and robbery with aggravating circumstances went up from 43 by 20.
Cases of arson went up from two to 10, burglary at non residential premises went up from 40 to 65 and at residential premises down from 72 to 70. Theft of motor vehicles decreased by 88% from 16 to two, stock theft from 43 to 20 and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition was down from 14 to nine. Drug related crimes went down from 45 to 43, robbery at residential premises from 10 to 15 and at non residential premises cases went up from 17 to 26.
The Cofimvaba area had an increase of three murder cases from 71 the previous period, sexual offences rose from 95 to 110, attempted murder went from five to nine and assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm went down from 229 to 198. Common assault decreased by 10 to 19, common robbery from eight to six and robbery with aggravating circumstances from 75 to 103. Arson went up to 13 from nine, burglary at non residential premises increased from 56 to 72, at residential premises decreased from 126 to 102 and theft of vehicles went down by three from 14 to 11. Stock theft cases went up from 63 to 66 and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition went up from 11 to 14. Drug related crimes went up by nine from 61, carjacking cases showed a 400% increase from one to five, truck hijacking had only one case - up from zero - while robbery at residential premises increased by 18 from 10 and at non residential premises from 31 to 29.
*Statistics for Cathcart, Sterkstroom, Stutterheim, Tarkastad, Hofmeyr and Dordrecht will be reviewed next week.