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Sex offences, arson see increases in Lwandle

Although a decrease has been noted in most contact and contact-related crimes reported to the Lwandle Police Station during the first quarter of the year, the total sexual offences have increased.

A total of 19 sexual offences were reported from April to June this year compared to the 13 cases for the same period last year. This is a 46,2% increase. Sexual offences include, among others, rape which increased by 50% (15 cases this year compared with 10 last year) and attempted sexual offences which increased by 200% (three incidents this year compared with one last year).

On the other hand, a 50% decrease was noted in the total contact crimes (crimes against another person) reported; a total of 128 cases were reported this year compared with 256 cases last year. Incidents of murder dropped by 52% (from 25 to 12), attempted murder dropped by 28,6% (from 14 to 10), assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm dropped significantly by 68,9% (from 61 to 19), common robbery dropped by 25% (from 12 to 9) and robbery with aggravating circumstances dropped by 47,1% (from 68 to 36). Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm dropped significantly by 68,9% (from 61 to 19), as well as common assault with 63,5% (from 63 to 23).

Contact-related crimes showed that arson increased by 16,7% (from 6 to 7 cases), while malicious damage to property dropped by 68,9% (from 61 to 19 cases). Further decreases were in incidents of carjacking by 77,8% (down from nine to two), robbery at residential premises by 61,5% (down from 13 to five), and robbery at non-residential premises by 50% (down from eight to four).

Property-related crime revealed a 41,9% decrease, having dropped from 86 to 50 cases. Cases of burglary at residential premises dropped by 55,9% (from 34 to 15) and theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle dropped by 71% (from 31 to nine), while theft out of or from motor vehicle increased by 38,5% (from 13 to 18).

Other serious crimes including all theft not mentioned elsewhere dropped by 65,9% (from 44 cases to 15), shoplifting dropped by 100% (from four cases to zero), while commercial crime increased by 140% (from five cases to 12).

Total community reported crimes decreased by 50% with 231 cases reported this year compared with 462 last year.

Crime detected as a result of police action showed an overall decrease of 86,8%, down from 91 cases to 12. Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition dropped by 25% (from four to three), drug-related crime dropped by 81% (from 42 to eight) and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs dropped by 97,8% (from 45 to one).

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