Mur­der in­crease in EC towns

Vari­a­tions in crime cat­e­gories for 2014/2015

The Rep - - NEWS - By Zo­lile Men­zelwa

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.

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