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Focus on police efforts to bring crime stats down - Thembekile Patekile

The Community Safety Department has said that the Western Cape is experiencing excessive increases when compared to the national year-on-year percentage changes of crime statistics.

This comes after Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko released the annual crime figures on Tuesday.

Acting Western Cape Police Commissioner, Major-General Thembekile Patekile, said it was important for communities to focus their attention on the ongoing efforts by the local police services to bring the statistics down.

The stats released were for offences committed between April 2014 and March 2015 and Patekile said improvements had been made in the past five months of this year.

According to Patekile, police officials have identified crime hotspots across the province, deployed special units, and partnered with local communities.

The increases are there, but we should be asking what is being done differently now to combat the increases. We've seen our work pay off with good results in the last five months of this financial year.

Major-General Thembekile Patekile, WC Police Commissioner

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:

For the financial year 2014/15, the Western Cape recorded a:

  • 9.7% increase in murder against a national increase of 4.6%;
  • 11.4% increase in attempted murder versus a national increase of 3.2%;
  • 18.6% increase in robbery with aggravating circumstances, 8.5% national increase;
  • 20.5% increase in arson vs national decrease of 6.1%;
  • 10.7% increase in malicious injury to property, 2.3% increase nationally;
  • 6.2% increase in reported illegal possession of firearms and ammunition against a 1.6% decrease nationally;
  • 3.8% increase in drug related crime against 2.4% increase nationally;
  • 60% increase in carjacking, 14.2% national increase;
  • 55% increase in truck hijacking, 29% national increase; and
  • 14.9% increase in robbery at residential premises against a national increase of 5.2%.

According to EWN, for the past two years, the murder rate and the total number of murders have increased, while the only crime with 100 percent reporting rate in 2013-2014 was car hijacking. In 2014, the murder rate spiked by 3.5 percent.

The murder rate refers to murders per 100 000 of the population and is regarded as a benchmark indicator of a country’s safety and security.

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