Crime Stats: The best of the worst or the worst of the best?

Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, announced the annual crime statistics earlier today.

The Record has compared the four police precincts (as per police station) and the picture hardly looks rosy. Residents of the Honeydew area especially seem the hardest hit among the four precincts – Roodepoort, Florida, Honeydew and Muldersdrift Police Stations.

We have broken down the statistics per cases made at the respective stations. Please note that the statistics do not include arrests and convictions. Also take into consideration that some police stations, such as Honeydew, preside over larger precincts. The statistics have been recorded from March 2017 until April 2018. Each list consists of the 30 worst precincts in the country, with the worst at number one.

Murder

None of the four police stations features on the list and the worst precinct in the country was Nyanga where 281 cases were opened in 2017, and 308 in 2018.

Attempted murder

Again, none of the four stations are featured on the list and the most cases reported in the country were in Galvendale in the Western Cape where 225 cases were reported in 2017, and 265 in 2018.

Robbery with aggravating circumstances

Honeydew featured on this list at number eight, with 1 183 cases being reported in 2017 and 1 017 in 2018. The worst precinct in the country was Johannesburg Central where 1 954 cases were reported.

Common robbery

Again only Honeydew features where 24 cases were reported in 2017 and 36 this past year. The worst precinct was Mitchell’s Plain where cases went up from 78 to 87.

Attempted sexual offences

None of the stations appeared on this list, and Nyanga was the worst. Cases there went up from 21 to 25 in 2018.

Contact sexual offences

None of the stations made the list. Kleinvlei was the worst where cases went up from 2 to 15.

Assault with the intention to do grievous bodily harm

Once again only Honeydew ranks on the list at number 29. Cases went down from 656 to 627. The number-one worst precinct was Inanda where cases reported went from 997 to 1 176.

Common assault

Honeydew is the only station featured and is at number 16. Cases went down from 835 in 2017 to 805 in 2018. The worst precinct was Mitchell’s Plain where cases went down from 1 992 to 1 574.

Contact crimes

None of the precincts made the list except Honeydew, where cases went down from 3 277 to 3 023. Johannesburg Central was hardest hit where 5 301 cases were reported in 2017 and 5 253 in 2018.

Arson

None of the four precincts made the list. The worst precinct was Umlazi in KZN where cases went up from 26 to 35.

Malicious damage to property

At number three lies Honeydew where cases went up from 824 to 889. Mitchell’s Plain once again did the worst where 1 215 cases were reported in the previous financial year and 1 028 in this financial year.

Contact related crimes

None of the four stations was on the list and Mitchell’s Plain was the worst where cases at least went down from 1 246 to 1 055.

Burglary at non-residential properties

The four stations once again did not make the top 30 stations and the worst was Witbank where cases went up from 595 to 610.

Burglary at residential properties

Roodepoort came in at number nine with 1 110 in 2017 and 1 629 in 2018. Witbank was hardest hit with 1 616 in 2017 and 1 460 in 2018.

Theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles

Three of the precincts made the list – Honeydew, Roodepoort and Florida. In Honeydew (at number three) cases went down from 719 to 622, in Roodepoort (at number 12) cases went down from 518 to 486 and in Florida cases went up from 425 to 461. Brooklyn suffered most – 748 cases in 2017 and 793 in 2018 were reported.

Theft out of motor vehicles

Only Honeydew featured at number eight – 1 263 cases were reported this past year, only three less than in 2017. The worst precinct was Cape Town Central where cases went up from 3 770 to 3 956.

Property-related crimes

Honeydew and Roodepoort came in at number two and 18 respectively. In Honeydew cases went from 3 655 to 3 417 and in Roodepoort they went from 2 338 to 2 276. The worst precinct was Cape Town Central where cases reported went from 4 994 to 5 083.

All theft not mentioned elsewhere

At number six was Honeydew where cases reported went from 2 109 to 2 161. Cape Town Central at number one saw cases dropping from 5 496 to 5 067.

Keep an eye out for Part 2 and 3 on our website tomorrow.

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  AUTHOR
Riaan van Zyl

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