The worst crime hot spots in Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape

JULY 17, 2015

Data compiled by Crime Stats SA, an online database run by Meerkat Data Management, shows that Port Elizabeth may not be 'The Friendly City' after all for local residents as the city has some of the areas hardest hit by crime in the Eastern Cape. East London and Mthatha also have the top crime hotspots in the province.

Still, the stats, which are based on official SAPS data, show that, while the country still has high levels of crime, the situation is improving. Over the last decade, total reported crimes have declined in SA, from 2.7 million reports in 2004, to just over 2.2 million in 2014.

Shockingly, the group notes that 5 900 crimes are reported to the South African Police Services every day.

Note that the crime numbers below are expressed as raw data, and are not proportional as a percentage of the population.

On the national worst crime hotspots board, only Mthatha appeared at number eight for murders - somewhat a huge relief for Eastern Cape residents.

According to the website, worst ten precincts - with the largest number of reported crimes in Eastern Cape are:

Total Crimes: Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East London Eastern Cape 7963
Mount Road Eastern Cape 7247
Cambridge Eastern Cape 6113
Humewood Eastern Cape 5854
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 5611
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 5535
Mthatha Eastern Cape 5488
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 5230
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 5041
New Brighton Eastern Cape 4781
Total   58863

 

Crime categories

CONTACT CRIMES (CRIMES AGAINST A PERSON)

Murder : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mthatha Eastern Cape 139
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 112
New Brighton Eastern Cape 103
Engcobo Eastern Cape 88
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 83
Flagstaff Eastern Cape 77
Cofimvaba Eastern Cape 71
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 69
Duncan Village Eastern Cape 67
Willowvale Eastern Cape 67
Total   876
 

 

Total Sexual Crimes : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mthatha Eastern Cape 298
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 241
New Brighton Eastern Cape 213
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 209
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 191
Motherwell Eastern Cape 186
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 174
Ngqeleni Eastern Cape 166
Kwanobuhle Eastern Cape 158
Mdantsane Eastern Cape 157
Total   1993
 

 

Attempted murder : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 131
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 127
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 105
New Brighton Eastern Cape 84
Mthatha Eastern Cape 74
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 64
Butterworth Eastern Cape 49
Libode Eastern Cape 44
Motherwell Eastern Cape 40
Centane Eastern Cape 31
Total   749
 

 

Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 697
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 654
Mthatha Eastern Cape 644
New Brighton Eastern Cape 619
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 611
Duncan Village Eastern Cape 608
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 482
Mdantsane Eastern Cape 469
Kwanobuhle Eastern Cape 458
East London Eastern Cape 421
Total   5663
 

 

Common assault : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 511
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 490
East London Eastern Cape 401
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 400
Mthatha Eastern Cape 400
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 397
New Brighton Eastern Cape 349
King William's Town Eastern Cape 325
Mdantsane Eastern Cape 316
Walmer Eastern Cape 313
Total   3902
 

 

Common robbery : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East London Eastern Cape 248
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 181
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 177
Mount Road Eastern Cape 173
Mdantsane Eastern Cape 148
King William's Town Eastern Cape 135
New Brighton Eastern Cape 123
Cambridge Eastern Cape 118
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 117
Humewood Eastern Cape 116
Total   1536
 

 

Robbery with aggravating circumstances : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 941
New Brighton Eastern Cape 831
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 482
Motherwell Eastern Cape 454
Mthatha Eastern Cape 447
East London Eastern Cape 441
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 367
Humewood Eastern Cape 366
Mdantsane Eastern Cape 366
Mount Road Eastern Cape 288
Total   4983
 

 

CONTACT-RELATED CRIMES

Arson : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 35
Kamesh Eastern Cape 30
Mthatha Eastern Cape 24
Ngqeleni Eastern Cape 23
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 22
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 22
Molteno Eastern Cape 22
Flagstaff Eastern Cape 22
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 20
Ntabankulu Eastern Cape 20
Total   240
 

 

Malicious injury to property : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 637
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 462
Cambridge Eastern Cape 456
East London Eastern Cape 399
Mount Road Eastern Cape 399
Humewood Eastern Cape 398
Mthatha Eastern Cape 347
Walmer Eastern Cape 337
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 332
Kabega Park Eastern Cape 312
Total   4079
 

 

PROPERTY-RELATED CRIMES

Burglary at non-residential premises : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount Road Eastern Cape 514
East London Eastern Cape 475
Cambridge Eastern Cape 296
Uitenhage Eastern Cape 204
Humewood Eastern Cape 196
Algoapark Eastern Cape 194
King William's Town Eastern Cape 166
Swartkops Eastern Cape 156
Walmer Eastern Cape 128
Mthatha Eastern Cape 128
Total   2457
 

 

Burglary at residential premises : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Cambridge Eastern Cape 967
Walmer Eastern Cape 833
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 824
East London Eastern Cape 762
Kabega Park Eastern Cape 758
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 695
Humewood Eastern Cape 655
Mthatha Eastern Cape 544
Jeffreys Bay Eastern Cape 481
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 460
Total   6979
 

 

Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Humewood Eastern Cape 293
Mount Road Eastern Cape 260
Walmer Eastern Cape 208
Mthatha Eastern Cape 174
East London Eastern Cape 167
Motherwell Eastern Cape 127
King William's Town Eastern Cape 126
Cambridge Eastern Cape 113
Uitenhage Eastern Cape 99
Algoapark Eastern Cape 88
Total   1655
 

 

Theft out of or from motor vehicle : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount Road Eastern Cape 963
Humewood Eastern Cape 944
East London Eastern Cape 720
Cambridge Eastern Cape 621
Kabega Park Eastern Cape 486
Mthatha Eastern Cape 438
Walmer Eastern Cape 431
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 392
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 376
Algoapark Eastern Cape 365
Total   5736
 

 

Stock-theft : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Maluti Eastern Cape 222
Qumbu Eastern Cape 199
Mthatha Eastern Cape 190
Sulenkama Eastern Cape 185
Mount Frere Eastern Cape 149
Tsolo Eastern Cape 137
Bitye Eastern Cape 112
Ngqeleni Eastern Cape 107
Cradock Eastern Cape 107
Burgersdorp Eastern Cape 101
Total   1509
 

 

CRIMES HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON POLICE ACTION FOR DETECTION

Unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 79
Willowvale Eastern Cape 72
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 71
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 71
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 64
Libode Eastern Cape 57
Mthatha Eastern Cape 55
New Brighton Eastern Cape 51
Idutywa Eastern Cape 49
Engcobo Eastern Cape 48
Total   617
 

 

Drug-related crime : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount Road Eastern Cape 737
Kamesh Eastern Cape 697
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 688
Kwanobuhle Eastern Cape 619
Motherwell Eastern Cape 393
Graaff-Reinet Eastern Cape 386
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 367
Butterworth Eastern Cape 348
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 339
New Brighton Eastern Cape 316
Total   4890
 

 

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East London Eastern Cape 527
Motherwell Eastern Cape 440
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 420
Cambridge Eastern Cape 341
Butterworth Eastern Cape 326
King William's Town Eastern Cape 313
Uitenhage Eastern Cape 292
Swartkops Eastern Cape 254
Buffalo Flats Eastern Cape 236
Mount Road Eastern Cape 226
Total   3375
 

 

OTHER SERIOUS CRIMES

All theft not mentioned elsewhere : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East London Eastern Cape 1656
Humewood Eastern Cape 1517
Mount Road Eastern Cape 1478
Cambridge Eastern Cape 1147
King William's Town Eastern Cape 886
Walmer Eastern Cape 856
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 793
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 778
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 726
Kabega Park Eastern Cape 716
Total   10553
 

 

Commercial crime : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East London Eastern Cape 651
Mount Road Eastern Cape 449
King William's Town Eastern Cape 395
Mthatha Eastern Cape 370
Queenstown Eastern Cape 327
Cambridge Eastern Cape 314
Butterworth Eastern Cape 239
Humewood Eastern Cape 184
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 183
Bizana Eastern Cape 182
Total   3294
 

 

Shoplifting : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount Road Eastern Cape 719
East London Eastern Cape 377
Cambridge Eastern Cape 354
King William's Town Eastern Cape 345
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 313
Uitenhage Eastern Cape 239
Queenstown Eastern Cape 196
Humewood Eastern Cape 195
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 180
Walmer Eastern Cape 162
Total   3080
 

 

SUBCATEGORIES FORMING PART OF AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

Carjacking : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 105
New Brighton Eastern Cape 80
Motherwell Eastern Cape 64
Mthatha Eastern Cape 49
Kwanobuhle Eastern Cape 46
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 37
Kwadwesi Eastern Cape 35
Ikamvelihle Eastern Cape 19
East London Eastern Cape 18
Mount Road Eastern Cape 18
Total   471
 

 

Truck hijacking : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount Road Eastern Cape 3
Swartkops Eastern Cape 3
Uitenhage Eastern Cape 3
Engcobo Eastern Cape 2
Libode Eastern Cape 2
Mthatha Eastern Cape 2
Motherwell Eastern Cape 1
Kei Road Eastern Cape 1
Mount Ayliff Eastern Cape 1
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 1
Total   19
 

 

Robbery at residential premises : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 126
New Brighton Eastern Cape 107
Mthatha Eastern Cape 75
Kwanobuhle Eastern Cape 67
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 66
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 52
Kwadwesi Eastern Cape 42
Walmer Eastern Cape 40
Motherwell Eastern Cape 38
Qumbu Eastern Cape 36
Total   649
 

 

Robbery at non-residential premises : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
New Brighton Eastern Cape 94
Motherwell Eastern Cape 83
Mthatha Eastern Cape 74
East London Eastern Cape 64
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 57
Mount Road Eastern Cape 54
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 54
Kwanobuhle Eastern Cape 52
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 52
Flagstaff Eastern Cape 48
Total   632
 

 

OTHER CRIMES CATEGORIES

Culpable homicide : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mthatha Eastern Cape 48
Libode Eastern Cape 38
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 37
Cambridge Eastern Cape 31
Mount Ayliff Eastern Cape 29
East London Eastern Cape 27
Mount Frere Eastern Cape 26
Idutywa Eastern Cape 24
Engcobo Eastern Cape 23
Bitye Eastern Cape 23
Total   306
 

 

Public violence : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Motherwell Eastern Cape 92
New Brighton Eastern Cape 72
Bethelsdorp Eastern Cape 45
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 42
Kwadwesi Eastern Cape 15
Kamesh Eastern Cape 15
Molteno Eastern Cape 10
Gelvandale Eastern Cape 9
Swartkops Eastern Cape 9
Duncan Village Eastern Cape 7
Total   316
 

 

Crimen injuria : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
King William's Town Eastern Cape 130
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 123
Cradock Eastern Cape 61
Tamara Eastern Cape 52
Kabega Park Eastern Cape 50
Dimbaza Eastern Cape 50
Mthatha Eastern Cape 49
Mount Road Eastern Cape 43
Mdantsane Eastern Cape 43
Walmer Eastern Cape 42
Total   643
 

 

Neglect and ill-treatment of children : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Walmer Eastern Cape 12
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 11
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 11
Maletswai Eastern Cape 10
Stutterheim Eastern Cape 9
Cradock Eastern Cape 9
New Brighton Eastern Cape 7
Mdantsane Eastern Cape 7
Fort Beaufort Eastern Cape 6
Mthatha Eastern Cape 6
Total   88
 

 

Kidnapping : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mthatha Eastern Cape 20
Motherwell Eastern Cape 18
Lusikisiki Eastern Cape 16
Kwazakele Eastern Cape 15
New Brighton Eastern Cape 13
East London Eastern Cape 12
Kamesh Eastern Cape 10
Grahamstown Eastern Cape 10
Ikamvelihle Eastern Cape 9
Msobomvu Eastern Cape 9
Total   132