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

JULY 17, 2015
The worst crime hot spots in Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape

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 LondonEastern Cape7963
Mount RoadEastern Cape7247
CambridgeEastern Cape6113
HumewoodEastern Cape5854
BethelsdorpEastern Cape5611
KwazakeleEastern Cape5535
MthathaEastern Cape5488
GelvandaleEastern Cape5230
GrahamstownEastern Cape5041
New BrightonEastern Cape4781
Total 58863

 

Crime categories

CONTACT CRIMES (CRIMES AGAINST A PERSON)

Murder : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
MthathaEastern Cape139
LusikisikiEastern Cape112
New BrightonEastern Cape103
EngcoboEastern Cape88
KwazakeleEastern Cape83
FlagstaffEastern Cape77
CofimvabaEastern Cape71
BethelsdorpEastern Cape69
Duncan VillageEastern Cape67
WillowvaleEastern Cape67
Total 876
 

 

Total Sexual Crimes : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
MthathaEastern Cape298
KwazakeleEastern Cape241
New BrightonEastern Cape213
BethelsdorpEastern Cape209
GrahamstownEastern Cape191
MotherwellEastern Cape186
LusikisikiEastern Cape174
NgqeleniEastern Cape166
KwanobuhleEastern Cape158
MdantsaneEastern Cape157
Total 1993
 

 

Attempted murder : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
GelvandaleEastern Cape131
BethelsdorpEastern Cape127
KwazakeleEastern Cape105
New BrightonEastern Cape84
MthathaEastern Cape74
LusikisikiEastern Cape64
ButterworthEastern Cape49
LibodeEastern Cape44
MotherwellEastern Cape40
CentaneEastern Cape31
Total 749
 

 

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

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
KwazakeleEastern Cape697
GrahamstownEastern Cape654
MthathaEastern Cape644
New BrightonEastern Cape619
BethelsdorpEastern Cape611
Duncan VillageEastern Cape608
LusikisikiEastern Cape482
MdantsaneEastern Cape469
KwanobuhleEastern Cape458
East LondonEastern Cape421
Total 5663
 

 

Common assault : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
GrahamstownEastern Cape511
BethelsdorpEastern Cape490
East LondonEastern Cape401
KwazakeleEastern Cape400
MthathaEastern Cape400
GelvandaleEastern Cape397
New BrightonEastern Cape349
King William's TownEastern Cape325
MdantsaneEastern Cape316
WalmerEastern Cape313
Total 3902
 

 

Common robbery : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East LondonEastern Cape248
GelvandaleEastern Cape181
KwazakeleEastern Cape177
Mount RoadEastern Cape173
MdantsaneEastern Cape148
King William's TownEastern Cape135
New BrightonEastern Cape123
CambridgeEastern Cape118
BethelsdorpEastern Cape117
HumewoodEastern Cape116
Total 1536
 

 

Robbery with aggravating circumstances : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
KwazakeleEastern Cape941
New BrightonEastern Cape831
BethelsdorpEastern Cape482
MotherwellEastern Cape454
MthathaEastern Cape447
East LondonEastern Cape441
GelvandaleEastern Cape367
HumewoodEastern Cape366
MdantsaneEastern Cape366
Mount RoadEastern Cape288
Total 4983
 

 

CONTACT-RELATED CRIMES

Arson : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
LusikisikiEastern Cape35
KameshEastern Cape30
MthathaEastern Cape24
NgqeleniEastern Cape23
KwazakeleEastern Cape22
GrahamstownEastern Cape22
MoltenoEastern Cape22
FlagstaffEastern Cape22
BethelsdorpEastern Cape20
NtabankuluEastern Cape20
Total 240
 

 

Malicious injury to property : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
BethelsdorpEastern Cape637
GelvandaleEastern Cape462
CambridgeEastern Cape456
East LondonEastern Cape399
Mount RoadEastern Cape399
HumewoodEastern Cape398
MthathaEastern Cape347
WalmerEastern Cape337
GrahamstownEastern Cape332
Kabega ParkEastern Cape312
Total 4079
 

 

PROPERTY-RELATED CRIMES

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

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount RoadEastern Cape514
East LondonEastern Cape475
CambridgeEastern Cape296
UitenhageEastern Cape204
HumewoodEastern Cape196
AlgoaparkEastern Cape194
King William's TownEastern Cape166
SwartkopsEastern Cape156
WalmerEastern Cape128
MthathaEastern Cape128
Total 2457
 

 

Burglary at residential premises : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
CambridgeEastern Cape967
WalmerEastern Cape833
BethelsdorpEastern Cape824
East LondonEastern Cape762
Kabega ParkEastern Cape758
GrahamstownEastern Cape695
HumewoodEastern Cape655
MthathaEastern Cape544
Jeffreys BayEastern Cape481
GelvandaleEastern Cape460
Total 6979
 

 

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

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
HumewoodEastern Cape293
Mount RoadEastern Cape260
WalmerEastern Cape208
MthathaEastern Cape174
East LondonEastern Cape167
MotherwellEastern Cape127
King William's TownEastern Cape126
CambridgeEastern Cape113
UitenhageEastern Cape99
AlgoaparkEastern Cape88
Total 1655
 

 

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

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount RoadEastern Cape963
HumewoodEastern Cape944
East LondonEastern Cape720
CambridgeEastern Cape621
Kabega ParkEastern Cape486
MthathaEastern Cape438
WalmerEastern Cape431
GelvandaleEastern Cape392
GrahamstownEastern Cape376
AlgoaparkEastern Cape365
Total 5736
 

 

Stock-theft : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
MalutiEastern Cape222
QumbuEastern Cape199
MthathaEastern Cape190
SulenkamaEastern Cape185
Mount FrereEastern Cape149
TsoloEastern Cape137
BityeEastern Cape112
NgqeleniEastern Cape107
CradockEastern Cape107
BurgersdorpEastern Cape101
Total 1509
 

 

CRIMES HEAVILY DEPENDENT ON POLICE ACTION FOR DETECTION

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

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
LusikisikiEastern Cape79
WillowvaleEastern Cape72
GelvandaleEastern Cape71
KwazakeleEastern Cape71
BethelsdorpEastern Cape64
LibodeEastern Cape57
MthathaEastern Cape55
New BrightonEastern Cape51
IdutywaEastern Cape49
EngcoboEastern Cape48
Total 617
 

 

Drug-related crime : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount RoadEastern Cape737
KameshEastern Cape697
GelvandaleEastern Cape688
KwanobuhleEastern Cape619
MotherwellEastern Cape393
Graaff-ReinetEastern Cape386
BethelsdorpEastern Cape367
ButterworthEastern Cape348
KwazakeleEastern Cape339
New BrightonEastern Cape316
Total 4890
 

 

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

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East LondonEastern Cape527
MotherwellEastern Cape440
KwazakeleEastern Cape420
CambridgeEastern Cape341
ButterworthEastern Cape326
King William's TownEastern Cape313
UitenhageEastern Cape292
SwartkopsEastern Cape254
Buffalo FlatsEastern Cape236
Mount RoadEastern Cape226
Total 3375
 

 

OTHER SERIOUS CRIMES

All theft not mentioned elsewhere : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East LondonEastern Cape1656
HumewoodEastern Cape1517
Mount RoadEastern Cape1478
CambridgeEastern Cape1147
King William's TownEastern Cape886
WalmerEastern Cape856
BethelsdorpEastern Cape793
GrahamstownEastern Cape778
GelvandaleEastern Cape726
Kabega ParkEastern Cape716
Total 10553
 

 

Commercial crime : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
East LondonEastern Cape651
Mount RoadEastern Cape449
King William's TownEastern Cape395
MthathaEastern Cape370
QueenstownEastern Cape327
CambridgeEastern Cape314
ButterworthEastern Cape239
HumewoodEastern Cape184
LusikisikiEastern Cape183
BizanaEastern Cape182
Total 3294
 

 

Shoplifting : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount RoadEastern Cape719
East LondonEastern Cape377
CambridgeEastern Cape354
King William's TownEastern Cape345
GelvandaleEastern Cape313
UitenhageEastern Cape239
QueenstownEastern Cape196
HumewoodEastern Cape195
GrahamstownEastern Cape180
WalmerEastern Cape162
Total 3080
 

 

SUBCATEGORIES FORMING PART OF AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

Carjacking : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
KwazakeleEastern Cape105
New BrightonEastern Cape80
MotherwellEastern Cape64
MthathaEastern Cape49
KwanobuhleEastern Cape46
BethelsdorpEastern Cape37
KwadwesiEastern Cape35
IkamvelihleEastern Cape19
East LondonEastern Cape18
Mount RoadEastern Cape18
Total 471
 

 

Truck hijacking : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
Mount RoadEastern Cape3
SwartkopsEastern Cape3
UitenhageEastern Cape3
EngcoboEastern Cape2
LibodeEastern Cape2
MthathaEastern Cape2
MotherwellEastern Cape1
Kei RoadEastern Cape1
Mount AyliffEastern Cape1
GelvandaleEastern Cape1
Total 19
 

 

Robbery at residential premises : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
KwazakeleEastern Cape126
New BrightonEastern Cape107
MthathaEastern Cape75
KwanobuhleEastern Cape67
LusikisikiEastern Cape66
BethelsdorpEastern Cape52
KwadwesiEastern Cape42
WalmerEastern Cape40
MotherwellEastern Cape38
QumbuEastern Cape36
Total 649
 

 

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

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
New BrightonEastern Cape94
MotherwellEastern Cape83
MthathaEastern Cape74
East LondonEastern Cape64
BethelsdorpEastern Cape57
Mount RoadEastern Cape54
LusikisikiEastern Cape54
KwanobuhleEastern Cape52
KwazakeleEastern Cape52
FlagstaffEastern Cape48
Total 632
 

 

OTHER CRIMES CATEGORIES

Culpable homicide : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
MthathaEastern Cape48
LibodeEastern Cape38
LusikisikiEastern Cape37
CambridgeEastern Cape31
Mount AyliffEastern Cape29
East LondonEastern Cape27
Mount FrereEastern Cape26
IdutywaEastern Cape24
EngcoboEastern Cape23
BityeEastern Cape23
Total 306
 

 

Public violence : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
MotherwellEastern Cape92
New BrightonEastern Cape72
BethelsdorpEastern Cape45
KwazakeleEastern Cape42
KwadwesiEastern Cape15
KameshEastern Cape15
MoltenoEastern Cape10
GelvandaleEastern Cape9
SwartkopsEastern Cape9
Duncan VillageEastern Cape7
Total 316
 

 

Crimen injuria : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
King William's TownEastern Cape130
GrahamstownEastern Cape123
CradockEastern Cape61
TamaraEastern Cape52
Kabega ParkEastern Cape50
DimbazaEastern Cape50
MthathaEastern Cape49
Mount RoadEastern Cape43
MdantsaneEastern Cape43
WalmerEastern Cape42
Total 643
 

 

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

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
WalmerEastern Cape12
KwazakeleEastern Cape11
GrahamstownEastern Cape11
MaletswaiEastern Cape10
StutterheimEastern Cape9
CradockEastern Cape9
New BrightonEastern Cape7
MdantsaneEastern Cape7
Fort BeaufortEastern Cape6
MthathaEastern Cape6
Total 88
 

 

Kidnapping : Worst ten precincts in 2014

PrecinctProvinceNum Crimes
MthathaEastern Cape20
MotherwellEastern Cape18
LusikisikiEastern Cape16
KwazakeleEastern Cape15
New BrightonEastern Cape13
East LondonEastern Cape12
KameshEastern Cape10
GrahamstownEastern Cape10
IkamvelihleEastern Cape9
MsobomvuEastern Cape9
Total 132