Crime statistics: Truck hijackings continue to plague Brakpan

According to the latest crime statistics released last Friday, truck hijackings in the Brakpan area remain a cause for concern.

The figures cover the third quarter of the 2021/22 financial year, which runs from October to December. Brakpan Police Station ranked sixth on the list of top 30 stations nationwide for truck hijackings.

It was listed at position 20 in this category in the second quarter statistics. The local SAPS, however, is not on any of the other national lists.

The full statistics for Brakpan are as follows and are compared to the same period of the previous year:

Contact crimes (crimes against a person)
• Murder fell from six cases the previous year to four

• Sexual offenses increased from 19 to 28

• Attempts on murder increased from one to seven

• GBH Assault reduced from 24 to 23

• Common Assault increased from 76 to 68

• Ordinary flight reduced from 25 to 17

• Theft with aggravated circumstances increased from 69 to 91
The total number of contact crimes has increased from 220 to 238

Sexual offenses
• The number of rapes fell from nine cases the previous year to 18

• Sexual assault remained the same at eight cases

• Attempted sexual offenses remained the same and no cases were reported

• Contact sexual offenses remained the same in two cases
Total number of sexual offenses increased from 19 to 28

Certain sub-categories of aggravated robbery
• Carjacking fell from 19 cases the previous year to 23

• Robberies in residential premises increased from 5 to 13

• Robberies at non-residential premises remained the same at 15 cases

• Bank robbery remained the same and no cases were reported

• Theft of CIT vehicles remained the same and no cases were reported

Truck hijackings increased from four to nine

Contact crimes
• Arson remained the same and no cases were reported

• Malicious material damage reduced from 43 to 42
The total number of contact crimes fell from 43 to 42

Property Crimes
• Burglaries in non-residential premises fell from 49 cases the previous year to 28

• Burglaries at residential premises fell from 77 to 64

• Thefts of motor vehicles and motorcycles fell from 43 to 42

• Thefts in or from a motor vehicle decreased from 57 to 36

• Stock theft increased from one to two
Total number of property offenses increased from 227 to 172

Other serious crimes
• All thefts not mentioned elsewhere fell from 162 cases the previous year to 194

• Commercial crime increased from 78 to 86

• Shoplifting decreased from 51 to 50
Total number of other serious crimes increased from 291 to 330
A total of 17 communities reported serious crimes, increasing from 781 to 782

Crime detected following a police intervention
• Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition fell from nine cases the previous year to 11

• Drug related crime decreased from 115 to 110

• Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs decreased from 45 to 19

• Sexual offenses detected following a police intervention remained the same and none were detected
The total number of crimes detected following a police intervention rose from 169 to 140.

Information obtained from saps.gov.za

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