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All categories of crime are down significantly

There was a decrease in just about all crimes reported at Gordon’s Bay Police Station during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

This was brought to light by the recently released crime statistics for the first quarter of the new financial year April to June.

A total of 34 contact crimes (crimes against another person) were reported from April to June this year, compared to 57 cases in the same period last year. This depicts a 40,4% difference.

Contact crimes, including attempted murder, are down from four to zero (100%), assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm decreased from 14 to two (85,7%), common assault declined from 26 to 20 (23,1%) and robbery with aggravating circumstances down from eight to three (62,5%).

Common robbery reflected a 100% increase (up from four cases to eight) but there no incidents of murder, sexual assault, attempted sexual offences, contact sexual offences, carjacking, bank robbery, robbery of cash in transit, truck hijacking, arson. No cases of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and sexual offences detected as result of police action were reported.

Incidents that reached a plateau are rape (at one), robbery at residential premises (two) and stock theft (two).

Further decreases were in robbery at non-residential premises, down to zero from one (100%), malicious damage to property down from 24 to 12 (50%) and burglary at residential premises down from 71 to 21 (70,4%).

Theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles was down from eight to one (87,5%), theft from motor vehicle down from 50 to 14 (72%), all theft not mentioned elsewhere down from 59 to 41 (30,5%), commercial crime down from 21 to 7 (66,7%), shoplifting down from eight to five (37,5%), drug-related crime down from 10 to six (40%), and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs down from 17 to zero.

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