KZN s ees spik e in aggravated r obberies
A SPATE of violent home invasions in r ecent w eeks c oincides with a spike in ag gravated r obbery in the province.
As man y as 21 040 incident s of aggravated robbery were reported in KwaZuluNatal in the 2013/2014 period with a sharp rate rise of 4,2%.
While brazen house robberies indicate an escalation in violence and force, individual instances of burglary dr opped b y 4 ,2% with o ver 44 000 case s opened.
On T hursday a Dur ban N orth woman w as s tabbed r epeatedly when a gang of men forced their way into her F airway Dri ve home.
Two weeks ago, a prominent Durban w edding planner w as gunned down in a house robbery gone awry.
Stephen J ohn E dmonstone ( 62) was felled by gunfire when he interrupted armed men w ho had f orced their w ay int o his U mgeni P ark home.
Gareth Newham, head of the ISS governance, crime and jus tice division said that polic e need t o f ocus on t ackling ag gravated r obbery.
“Robberies cr eate f ear and f eelings of insecurit y because the y in volve direct attacks by armed criminals in the s treets, in homes and at places of w ork.
“The c ontinued incr ease in r obbery means the police urgently need to focus on a coherent national antirobbery strategy for tackling armed criminals,” Newham said.
“This will require the police to address the problems facing the crime intelligence di vision that has substantially r educed it s pr oductivity over the p ast t wo y ears,” he said.
Suncell C ommunity C rimewatch head, Craig Adendorff, said a marked increase in violence was notable. “What we see in the statistics is reflected by what’s happening on the ground. Home invasions are becoming mor e violent … ” • je email@example.com