S’West cur­few cuts crime

District Mail - - NUUS NEWS -

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%.

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