Crime still growing on the North Coast

Recently released crime statistics paint a grim picture of the North Coast, showing a rise in carjackings and house robbery in most areas.

This information was revealed in the national crime statistics report, released by police minister Fikile Mbalula in parliament recently.

The statistics cover crime from the period of April 2016 to March 2017.

Umhlali, Tongaat and KwaDukuza police stations showed an increase of aggravated robbery, particularly in a carjacking while Kwadukuza saw the most significant increase in murder on the North Coast, at 52 percent.

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Other concerning increases in KwaDukuza were sexual offences that rose by 100 percent from last year while sexual assault increased by 24 cases.

The statistics showed that Stanger residents also had reason to worry as robbery at residential premises showed the fourth highest crime increase in the area at 42 percent. Meanwhile, at Umhlali police station captain Vinny Pillay said the joint efforts of Neighbourhood Watch groups, security companies and the police are paying off.

The area showed a decrease of burglary at residential premises by 12.5 percent although it is still at a high of 281 reported cases.

Most concerning is the drastic rise of sexual assault and rape cases.

“Rape increased by 54 cases since last year despite our awareness campaigns but what is concerning is that a lot of the rape cases go unreported. We are happy to have seen a decline in the murder cases since last year and we hope that it continues to decrease.

“Drinking and driving is also a major problem particularly on month end and we will be putting more measures in place to prevent this.”

Tongaat CPF chairperson Nazir Sadak said carjacking, murder and the possession of illegal firearms was a problem in the area.

“Most of the crime in Tongaat has decreased. Of concern is the murder rate which has increased by 34.8 percent. Rape has also gone down. Carjacking is a serious problem but the issue can be controlled. We urge residents to stay alert around quiet areas and their homes.”

“Overall, crime prevention strategies in Tongaat are working.

“CPF together with neighbourhood watches and police are doing regular patrols and having community meetings.

“We urge residents to attend all sector meetings which takes place on the third Monday of every month at 6 pm at the Tongaat Town Hall.”

The following crimes were reported at Umhlali SAPS last weekend:

  • Two cases of possession of dagga were reported in Shakashead last Friday.
  • A man was arrested on Friday at Shakashead for illegally selling liquor.
  • A case of common assault was opened after a woman was assaulted in a mall in Ballito last Friday.
  • A truck driver faces charges of reckless driving and negligence after he collided with three children in Glendale last Friday. One child was injured after she was pulled under the truck’s trailer. • An illegal immigrant was arrested in Ballito last Friday.
  • A man was assaulted with an iron knobkierie in Upper Tongaat last Saturday. A case of assault has been opened.
  • A case of ATM fraud was opened last week at a mall in Ballito. A man’s card was cloned and R60 000 was transferred out of his account. • A Mitsubishi Colt worth R7 000 was stolen from a house in Shakaskraal on Saturday.
  • A woman from Shakashead was assaulted on Saturday after refusing to have sex with her exboyfriend. He slapped her and then used broken glass to assault her. She has two open wounds on her head.
  • An Nkobongo mother was allegedly assaulted by her neighbour after he refused to return her child on Sunday. The woman reported her threeyear-old daughter went over to play at her neighbour’s house. When the woman went over to collect her child, her neighbour beat her up.
  • A woman was assaulted in Shaymoya township last Thursday. She was hit with a plank and sustained injuries to her head. Contact Umhlali SAPS at 032-9472252

Contact Umhlali SAPS at 032-9472252.

 

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Erica Abrahams
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