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Property crime down

Property related crime in Brackenfell is expected to decrease even more this year as neighbourhood watches, and private security companies strengthen their partnership with police.

Statistics has shown that crimes such as

theft of, and out of motor vehicles, business and house burglaries, had already started taken a downward trend between 2018 and 2019, with a 19% decrease.

These numbers were confirmed by Brackenfell police commander Col Jakobus Marthinus at the annual meeting of the Brackenfell Community Police Forum (CPF) last Monday night, (3 February).

“In this day and age there is absolutely no possibility that the police can address crime on our own. To curb the tide we have to have a strong partnership and good relationship with our communities,” he told role-players.

There was also a 12% decrease in reported cases of arson and malicious damage to property. In addition, theft, commercial crime and shoplifting had decreased by 23%.

While house and business robberies decreased by about 28%, there was an increase in car jackings, where Uber drivers were targeted. According to Marthinus, this has become a crime trend in the northern suburbs. Furthermore, arrests for drug related crimes and drinking and driving has increased.

Marthinus said community safety structures play a vital role in combatting crime.

In Brackenfell, police partner with 13 neighbourhood watches and several private security firms.

“We are fortunate that we can partner with a community that wants to be involved ... Brackenfell CPF is strengthening the hand of the police on a daily basis and fulfils an oversight role to ensure that we are delivering an effective service,” he said.

Werner Victor, in his second term as CPF chair said property related crimes is expected to be lower again, when the 209/20 crime stats are released later this year.

“It looks very promising. Neighbourhood patrols are very active and visible in the areas, keeping an eye. We are positive and will continue to do what we can to ensure we make a difference,” Victor said.

  • For more information or to join your local neighbourhood watch contact the CPF at Cpf.brackenfell@gmail.com.
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