Brakpan crime stats show improvement

Brakpan Police Station.

According to the South African Police Service’s national crime statistics, which were released on Tuesday, there has been a decline in many crimes committed in Brakpan.

Compared with the previous year’s statistics, the latest figures, from April 2017 to March this year, show a decrease in crimes such as murder, rape and assault, while offences such as carjacking and common robbery saw an increase.

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The full statistics are as follows:

Contact crimes (crimes against a person):

• Murder decreased by 45.5 per cent from 22 cases the previous year to 12

• Sexual offences decreased by 17.6 per cent from 85 to 70

• Attempted murder decreased by 25 per cent from 24 to 18

• Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm decreased by 22.2 per cent from 126 to 98

• Common assault decreased by 28.9 per cent from 446 to 317

• Common robbery decreased by 23.9 per cent from 109 to 83

• Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 4.8 per cent from 330 to 346.

Sexual offences:

• Rape decreased by 9.1 per cent from 44 cases the previous year to 40

• Sexual assault decreased by 25.7 per cent from 35 to 26

• Attempted sexual assault decreased by 66.7 per cent from three to one

• Contact sexual offences remained the same at three cases.

Subcategories of aggravated robbery:

• Carjacking increased by 39.5 per cent from 43 cases the previous year to 60

• Truck hijacking decreased by 50 per cent from eight to four

• Robbery of cash in transit vehicle increased by two (no cases were reported the previous year)

• Bank robbery remained the same and no cases were reported

• Robbery at residential premises decreased by 21.7 per cent from 60 to 47

• Robbery at non-residential premises increased by 41.9 per cent from 62 to 88.

Contact-related crimes:

• Arson increased by 16.7 per cent from six cases the previous year to seven

• Malicious damage to property decreased by 16.6 per cent from 302 to 252.

Property-related crimes:

• Burglary at non-residential premises increased by 19.5 per cent from 154 cases the previous year to 184

• Burglary at residential premises decreased by 12.2 per cent from 638 to 560

• Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle decreased by 14.3 per cent from 357 to 306

• Theft out of or from motor vehicle increased by 16.4 per cent from 293 to 341

• Stock theft decreased by 18.2 per cent from 11 to nine.

Other serious crimes:

• All theft not mentioned elsewhere decreased by 19 per cent from 1 182 the previous year to 957

• Commercial crime increased by 6.4 per cent from 218 to 232

• Shoplifting decreased by 15.5 per cent from 206 to 174.

Crime detected as a result of police action:

• Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition increased by 39.3 per cent from 28 cases the previous year to 39

• Drug-related crime decreased by 16.6 per cent from 397 to 331

• Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs decreased by 22.1 per cent from 335 to 261

• Sexual offences detected as a result of police action remained the same at one case.

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