Rape statistics show rise in Hoedspruit

This is according to new crime statistics which were released last week by the police. The local police station recorded four rapes, an increase of three cases in the applicable three months from the previous year. Drug-related crimes increased by 37.5%, from eight to eleven cases. Another crime that has also increased is burglary on non-residential premises. It increased by 80.0% from five to nine incidences in 2020/2021. Only one case of murder has been reported.

No reports of carjackings were made and no cases of theft from residential premises were documented during this period. A total of 6,859 murders were recorded nationwide, with another 562 peaking at an increase of 8.9%. The country documented 5,455 cases of carjacking, an increase of 13.8% from 4,794 in the 2020/2021 period. The majority of murders and attempted murders are committed in public places such as parks, open fields and on the streets.

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But all is not bleak as national statistics on sexual offenses fell by 9%, from 15,595 to 14,188 cases. 903 fewer rape cases were opened in the past year, a decrease of 7.4% from 12,218 in 2020/2021 to 11,315 in 2021/2022. Inanda Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal reported the highest number of murders nationwide with 86 cases. “These stats are not necessarily a win for SAPS, but they are definitely an improvement.

“The last three months of 2021 have not been a ‘free for all’ for criminals. “That’s thanks to accelerating policing and improving our working relationships with communities , through community structures such as Community Policing Forums (CPFs) and other NGOs the picture of crime can be improved,” Police Minister Bheki Cele concluded. crime last week friday.