Is crime spiraling out of control in KwaZulu-Natal? Are violent crimes becoming more and more prevalent within our communities? Are we and our families safe from the criminal element? What do the crime stats say about law and order?
The latest crime statistics for 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 paints a bleak picture for our province. According to the crime statistics, it seems the SAPS are not winning the fight against crime. Rather, it seems perpetrators are becoming more brazen with their deeds.
The stats are frightening in that they reveal that 4382 people were murdered in KZN over the past year. This is a 9.2% increase from last year. Countrywide, there are 20 336 murders reported in South Africa over the past year. A staggering 2 930 women and 985 children were killed during the same period.
With violent crimes escalating, how bad are the numbers closer to home? Does Newcastle and its surrounding areas reflect a high number of violent crimes?
The crime stats clam the following for Newcastle:
Murder has dropped from 24 reported cases in 2016/2017 to 19 cases in 2017/2017.
There is an increase in attempted murder cases, with 31 cases over last year’s 25 cases.
Rape is also on the increase, with 36 reported cases for the year over the 26 reported cases in 2016/2017.
Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition for the 2017/2018 period is 20 reported cases, a significant increase of the 13 cases in 2016/2017.
Drug-related crimes now sit on 595 cases over the previous year’s 482 cases.
Carjacking went from three cases in 2016/2017 to two cases in 2017/2018.
Theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles dropped by 16 cases, going from 75 cases to 59 cases.
Theft out of a motor vehicle has increased from 57 cases to 51 cases over the past year.
For Madadeni, the crime stats claim the following:
Murder cases have dropped from 62 cases in the 2016/2017 period to 53 cases.
Attempted murder cases now sit at 17 cases, which is a significant drop from the 29 cases in 2016/2017.
There is also a significant drop in rape, with the figures reflecting 106 reported cases this year. In the 2016/2017 year, there were 122 reported cases.
Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition cases dropped from 29 cases to 25 cases.
Drug related crimes, while still relatively high, sits at 436 reported cases over the 444 cases in the 2016/2017 year.
Carjacking increased from nine cases in 2016/2017 to 10 cases during this year.
Theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased with 21 cases, going up from 40 cases to 61 cases.
Theft out of a motor vehicle increased from 51 cases to 60 cases.
Osizweni crime stats are as follows:
Murder has increased in the 2017/2018 period, going from 49 cases to 53 incidents.
However, attempted murder has dropped from 44 cases to 30 cases.
Rape is also on the decline with 146 reported cases for the 2017/2018 year. In the 2016/2017 period, there were 154 reported cases.
There is an increase of drug related crime with 317 reported cases, over the previous year’s 302 cases.
A decrease in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition is noted, with 34 cases taking place during the past year. During the 2016/2017 period, there were 47 cases.
There is a decrease in carjacking cases. In the 2017/2018 period, there were only 15 cases, unlike the 19 cases in the 2016/2017 period.
Theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles, have increased from 58 cases to 78 cases.
Theft from a motor vehicle has decreased from 103 cases to 99 cases.
What are your thoughts on crime in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa as a whole? Do you think more stringent laws need to be implemented to safeguard law abiding citizens? Do you think unemployment plays a significant role in crime? Or do you think the SAPS need to up their game?
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