CAR THEFT AND HIJ ACKINGS DROP DR AMATICALLY
CAR the ft and hijacking s dr opped dramatically in K waZuluNatal, by 6,3% and 10 ,9% r espectively.
The mark ed decr ease in c ar theft has been hail ed as the r esult of visibl e policing me asures employed acr oss the pr ovince.
KZN s till has 2 4 c ars s tolen and six hijacking s e very da y — ac cording t o the mucha waited polic e crime s tatistics which w ere r eleased ye sterday.
With K waZuluNatal’s pr oximity to the Mo zambican and S wazi bor ders, highend v ehicle the ft and crossborder smuggling is under stood t o be booming in the pr ovince. • je firstname.lastname@example.org THE crime statistics released yesterday show that KZN has the highest murder count of just over 3 600 and high sexual assault r ates of almos t 12 000.
While the official s tatistics for local areas w ere not y et r eleased, Lucas Holtzhausen, from Safe City in Pietermaritzburg, said about 7 0% of the murders he has encountered in Pietermaritzburg are liquor r elated and t ake place in and ar ound t averns or b ars.
He also said the majorit y of se xual assault case s happen behind closed doors outside of camera areas, so it is difficult t o pr event them.
According to the Community Police Forum’s (CPF) Gerald Harry, who is in charge of the CBD ar ea, pr ostitution and c ommon r obberies ar e the major concern this y ear in the cit y.
“The prostitutes are still giving us a lot of has sles. Common r obberies ar e also a huge issue. Other than that, the crime rate on the whole in the CBD is not extremely high or out of c ontrol.”
Meanwhile, polic e s tation c ommanders and offic ers from the Piet ermaritzburg clus ter of the S APS g athered yesterday at Arthur Blaxall hall to discuss the local crime trends, and look for solutions.
Their presentation, which dealt with crime over the past month only, showed an increase since last year in most categories of crime.
Representatives at the meeting called for more teamwork between the various departments t o try t o deal with the scourge of crime. • amil.umr email@example.com