There was a decrease in nearly all types of crimes reported at Stellenbosch Police Station for the second quarter in a row this year.
National Police Minister Bheki Cele released the crime statistics for July to September on Friday 13 November.
In all, 291 contact crimes (crimes against another person) were reported from July to September, compared to 448 cases in the same period last year. This is an overall drop of 35%.
Contact crimes include, among others, robbery with aggravating circumstances, which dropped by 38,3% (74 cases this year compared with 120 cases last year) as well as attempted murder, which dropped by 81,8% (two cases this year compared with 11 cases in the same period last year).
The total number of reported cases of sexual offences, decreased by 24,2% overall (25 cases) this year compared with 33 cases. Sexual offences include rape (19 cases) and sexual assault (4).
Property related crimes decreased by 46,1%. This includes a 60,7% drop cases of theft out of or from a motor vehicle, one of the most commonly reported crimes at Stellenbosch Police Station. A total of 142 cases were reported from July to September, compared to 361 cases during the same period last year.
Property-related crimes also include burglaries at residential premises where an overall drop of 30,3% were reported (101 cases this year compared with 145).
The total number of crimes detected as a result of police action dropped by 70,3% (63 cases compared with 212).
The number of contact crimes reported at Cloetesville Police Station dropped by 20,5% (116 cases compared with 146 cases). This includes a drop of 53,6% in cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances (13 this year compared with 28). No cases of attempted murder were reported between July to September this year, whereas three cases were reported at the same period last year.
Four cases of rape were opened.
Burglaries at non residential premises decreased by 21,4% (11 cases compared with 14) and burglaries at residential premises also decreased by 28,9% (27 compared with 38).
The total number of reported contact related crimes increased by 25% at Klapmuts Police Station (90 cases overall compared with 72 cases). A total of 35 cases of common assault were reported this year compared with 12 during the same period last year.
Thirteen cases of rape were reported compared with seven cases last year (an increase of 85,7%).
Property-related crimes dropped by 36,6% overall (45 cases this year compared with 71 last year). This includes drops in the number of cases of burglaries at non-residential premises (47,6% decrease, 11 cases compared with 21) as well as a drop in burglaries at residential premises by 34,5% (19 cases compared with 29).
At Franschhoek police station an overall increase of 1,3% in contact crimes were reported (77 cases compared with 76 cases). The highest number of contact crimes during this year’s second quarter as well as the same time last year is for assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm (35 cases in total), followed by cases of common assault (16).
Cases of malicious damage to property increased by 53,3% (23 cases compared with 15) while the total number of property-related crimes decreased by 28% (54 cases this year compared with 75 during the same period last year).
Crimes detected as a result of police action dropped by 48,8% (from 41 cases last year to 21 cases this year).
A total of 39 cases of contact crimes including 17 cases of assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and 9 cases of robbery with aggravating circumstances was opened at Groot Drakenstein Police Station. The station covers the Dwars River Valley area. Three rape cases were also opened and 13 cases of malicious damage to property. Property-related crimes decreased by 36,2% (30 cases compared with 47 cases) and crimes detected as a result of police action dropped by 74,2% (eight this year to last year’s 31).
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