Gauteng crime statistics: Serious crime rate skyrockets

Henry

Serious crime in Gauteng is taking on extraordinary proportions and if drastic action is not taken now, the province will turn into a crime nest.

So says Kobus Hoffman, FF Plus member of the provincial legislature.

The Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lt. Gen. Elias Mawela, announced Gauteng’s crime figures for the last quarter (April to June) today.

A total of 21 offenses described as serious crime in the report increased by 4.0% from the corresponding period last year. In this quarter, 103,644 cases were reported, while in the corresponding period last year, 99,622 cases were reported. The figure accounts for 27.9% of the total serious crime rate in the country.

The figures are as follows in the different regions: Ekurhuleni 24 490, Johannesburg 38 456, Sedibeng 6 068, Tshwane 27 611 and West Rand 6 814.

Johannesburg Central Police Station’s reporting rate of serious crime rose by 9.7% followed by Roodepoort Police Station with an increase of 44.7%.

The FF Plus is also concerned about the attempted murder figure, which rose by 7.2%. From April to June, 1537 incidents were reported and 1434 in the corresponding period last year.

Burglary also skyrocketed with an increase of 13.7%. A total of 2,058 incidents were reported to police stations in Gauteng during the quarter.

Most cases are investigated by the Tembisa Police Station. It is second highest in the country.

Kidnapping in Gauteng rose by 8.3% (2 068). In 90% of the cases, a ransom was involved and the rest were extortion and human trafficking.

“The FF Plus has already warned the Gauteng police commissioner several times that the crime rate will only drop when police stations are provided with enough resources to enable police officers to complete their work successfully,” says Hoffman. “At many police stations there are not enough vehicles, weapons and even stationery. In many cases, police officers have to buy their own stationery and wait hours until a car is available to investigate cases.”