The Mercury - - METRO -

AS THIS years crime statistics show, po­lice en­joyed mar­ginal suc­cess in de­tect­ing crim­i­nal con­duct in­clud­ing re­cov­er­ing il­le­gal firearms, se­cu­rity ex­perts have warned that a more con­certed ef­fort is re­quired to rid the coun­try off il­le­gal guns.

The KwaZulu-Natal statistics showed that in cases of il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion, the cases of re­cov­er­ies had in­creased from 4000 to 4418, rep­re­sent­ing 418 new cases.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing that the po­lice are get­ting to more il­le­gal guns, but this is still the tip of the ice­berg there are many more out there. Our coun­try will be much safer if more ef­fort is put in deal­ing with the il­le­gal guns,” said Mary de Haas of KwaZulu-Natal Vi­o­lence Mon­i­tor.

Statistics also showed that the num­ber of those ar­rested for driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs had in­creased by 4815 from 13403 to 18218.

In deal­ing with sex­ual of­fences de­tected as re­sult of po­lice ac­tion, the po­lice ex­pe­ri­enced set­backs record­ing 38 cases less than last year, with the fig­ures mov­ing from 3558 down to 3520.

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