Crimes are up

Drug-re­lated of­fences, in par­tic­u­lar, have in­creased

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DRUG-re­lated crimes have shown a sharp in­crease in the vast ma­jor­ity of po­lice sta­tions in the Ko­mani area and sur­rounds.

The po­lice sta­tis­tics for the East­ern Cape, which were of­fi­cially made public in Ali­wal North on Wed­nes­day, also paint a gloomy pic­ture of vi­o­lent crime on the rise.

In the re­port for April 2015-16 com­pared with the same pe­riod of 2016-17, drug-re­lated crimes in the Ko­mani area in­creased by 11.5% from 45 to 50, while the Ilinge polic­ing area showed a shock­ing in­crease of 275% from four cases to 15.

Other sta­tis­tics for Ko­mani are sex­ual of­fences up from 51 to 64 (25.5%), at­tempted mur­der up from five to eight (60%), rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances up from 44 to 84 cases (90.9%), rapes in­creased from 43 to 54 (up 25.6%), car jack­ings from two to eight (up 300%), rob­bery at non-res­i­den­tial premises rose from three to 10 (233.3%), ar­son from three to six cases (100%), com­mer­cial crimes from 220 to 330 (up 50%) and cases of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs from 113 to 139 (up 23%), res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies rose by 46.2% from 130 to 190 and at non-res­i­den­tial premises from 74 to 92 (up 24.3%) .

On the pos­i­tive side, ve­hi­cle thefts fell from 27 to 23 (14.8%), while mur­ders fell from 14 to 13.

In Cofimv­aba, ve­hi­cle hi­jack­ings rose by 300% from one to four and ve­hi­cle theft dou­bled from three to six. Drug-re­lated crime rose from 61 to 78 cases (up 27.9%), stock thefts in­creased from 45 to 55 (22.2%) and house­holds were un­safe, with rob­beries up by 27.3% and bur­glar­ies by 20.6% from 107 to 129.

Al­though the mur­der sta­tis­tics have im­proved, they re­main very high. There were 55 cases in the year un­der re­view, com­pared with 63 the pre­vi­ous year, down 12.7%, while cases of as­sault GBH (with the in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm) dropped from 216 to 194 (10.2%). Re­ported rape cases were also re­duced, from 90 to 54, a drop of 40%. Com­mer­cial crimes de­creased from 50 to 28 (44%) and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence was down 37.5% from 16 to 10.

In Lady Frere, the mur­der rate re­mained high at 36, al­though an im­prove­ment of 23.4% over the pre­vi­ous year’s 47. As­sault GBH was at 178 com­pared with 194 (down 8.2%), but rapes rose from 65 to 78, an in­crease of 20%. Drug-re­lated cases in­creased from 45 to 114 – up 153.3%, but driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence dropped from 42 to 18 cases, 57.1%.

Crime un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the Tarkas­tad po­lice sta­tion in­creased in most cat­e­gories, with mur­der up 100% from three to six, at­tempted mur­der from four to 15 (275%), as­sault GBH from 28 to 31 (10.7%), rape from 12 to 18 (50%), stock theft from 36 to 51 (41.7%) and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence by 20.8% from 24 to 29.

Non-res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies were re­duced by 15.4% from 13 to 11.

In Cath­cart, non-res­i­den­tial bur­glary was a ma­jor fac­tor, in­creas­ing from 13 cases to 24 (84.6%) and drug cases rose from 46 to 54 (17.4%), but sev­eral other cat­e­gories showed im­prove­ment. Mur­ders were down from four to two, as­sault GBH from 78 to 72, rape from 22 to 18 and stock theft from 48 to 46.

Dor­drecht’s mur­der rate showed an in­crease of 166.7% from three to eight, while rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances went up dras­ti­cally from 12 to 20 (66.7%). There was good news about rape, down 21.7% from 23 to 18, non-res­i­den­tial rob­beries were down

In­crease in vi­o­lent crimes too, but there are some im­prove­ments

from six to three and drugs from 37 to 26 (29.7%).

There is also an im­prove­ment in sta­tis­tics for Stut­ter­heim, with mur­der down 20% from 25 to 20, as­sault GBH by 29.3% from 280 to 198, res­i­den­tial rob­beries and bur­glar­ies down by 33.3% and 12.6% re­spec­tively, stock theft by 6.5% from 107 to 100 and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence by 24% from 25 to 19.

The bad news is that non-res­i­den­tial rob­beries are up by 35.3% from 17 to 23, bur­glar­ies by 14.6% from 48 to 55 and drug-re­lated cases up by 11.5% from 26 to 29. Ve­hi­cle thefts dou­bled from five to 10.

The Whit­tle­sea area showed im­prove­ment in sev­eral spheres, but driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence rose by 122.2% from nine to 20, rapes rose from 77 to 104 (35.14%), bur­glary (res­i­den­tial) from 113 to 133 (17.7%) and non-res­i­den­tial from 12 to 18 (up 50%). Mur­ders were down by 22.2% from 27 to 21, as­sault GBH by 16.4% from 213 to 178, ve­hi­cle thefts dropped by 85.7% from seven to one and stock theft by 6.3% from 32 to 30. Drug-re­lated cases showed an in­crease from 294 to 320 (8.8).

The pic­ture for Ilinge is not as good, with in­creases in sev­eral cat­e­gories of crime. The mur­der rate is up by 50% from six to nine, as­sault GBH rose by 19.2% from 26 to 31 and ar­son by 300% from one to four. Non-res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies rose from 14 to 22 (57.1) and stock theft by 100% from five cases to 10. The num­ber of rape cases fell from 33 to 28 (15.2%) and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence by 33.3%.

Ez­i­be­leni showed im­prove­ment in sev­eral cat­e­gories, with rape down by 24.7% from 73 to 55, ve­hi­cle theft down by 75% from eight to two, stock theft by 56.3% from 16 to seven and drugs by 11.3% from 62 to 55. There was de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in the mur­der stats from 12 to 15 (up 25%), res­i­den­tial rob­bery from two to 10 (up 400%), non-res­i­den­tial rob­bery from seven to 15 (up 114.3%) and res­i­den­tial rob­bery from 54 to 82 (up 51.9%).

In Sterk­stroom, as­sault GBH cases rose from 47 to 64 (36.2%), drug cases from 23 to 31 (34.8% up) and driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence from seven to 18 (up 157%).

Rapes, non-res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies and stock theft were all down, as was the mur­der rate from three to one (66.7%).

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