S’West curfew cuts crime
Crime statistics for the Somerset West Police Station for the quarterly period April 2020 to June 2020 shows an overall decrease in most crime – some of which are drastic decreases that can also be attributed to the lockdown and evening curfew.
Most notably, sexual offences were down by 100% in some categories as compared to the same quarterly period last year.
Slight increases were seen in cases of murder, attempted murder and hijacking, which saw increase of one case in each instance.
Common assault was down by 27% and common robbery down by 66% – from 18 cases in the three month period last year to six cases this year.
Robbery with aggravating circumstances decreased by 52,4%, down by at least 22 cases.
There was no incidents of rape reported but at least one case of sexual assault.
Robbery at residential premises remained unchanged at six cases for both periods, and truck hijacking also increased by at least two cases.
Malicious damage to property decreased by 45,2%, from 73 cases to 40 cases.
In terms of property-related crimes in Somerset West there was a decrease of 12,1% in burglaries at residential premises which was down from 140 cases to 123.
Theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles as well as theft out of motor vehicles was down by 48% and 44% respectively.
Shoplifting was also down by 6% as well as commercial crime which was down by 26%.