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Western Cape crime statistics


Media Statement from Western Cape Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

Western Cape: In response to the release of the National crime statistics, the Western Cape SAPS management undertakes to intensify its efforts in a bid to make the province safer.

The Province recorded increases in most contact crime sub categories namely murder, attempted murder, assault, robbery aggravated and common robbery, thereby resulting in a 7% increase in the contact crime category during the period under review. Sexual offences showed a decrease of 5%.

Increases were registered in contact related crimes such as arson and malicious damage to property; property related crimes decreased with the exception of stock theft which increased by five 5.3%. Other serious crimes, with sub categories such as commercial crime and shoplifting, also declined. Crimes heavily depended on police action for detection, which are an indication of police initiatives and operations, showed “positive increases” in relation to illegal possession of firearm and ammunition as well as drug related crime. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs reflected a negative decrease; carjacking, truck jacking, bank robbery as well as house and business robbery all indicated increases.

Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile says interventions already in place are yielding positive results, especially in areas such as Khayelitsha and Manenberg. Similar interventions introduced in Nyanga and Mitchells Plain are expected to bear fruit soon. A common factor in the stations cited above, is that they are densely populated and have very large informal settlements with no infrastructure. Gangsterism in the Province contributed towards serious crimes such as murder and attempted murder in precincts such as Elsies River, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg , Atlantis, Steenberg and Bishop Lavis. Gang violence contributed to 16% of murders and 39% of attempted murders recorded in the province.

A total of 1 259 firearms and substantial amounts of drugs confiscated in the previous financial year will go a long way in reducing incidents of gang violence. Meanwhile Operation Combat continues to make inroads in ridding the Cape Flats of gangsterism.
Major General Patekile says the police in the province are committed to fighting crime and its manifestation with all the resources at their disposal. As part of the Provincial policing strategy, the Optimal Performance Utilisation Strategy (OPUS), a series of consultative engagements are set to take place with various role players within the province in an effort to find lasting solutions to the scourge of crime.

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