Crime stats: Mass spike in home robberies in Atteridgeville

The residents of the township of Atteridgeville in Pretoria have experienced the biggest spike in home robberies during last year.

This shocking increase was revealed in the crime statistics of April 2016 to March 2017, which was released on Tuesday by Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula.

 Atteridgeville which had 130 roberries during the 2015/2016 period is up by 97% over the past year.

At second place with the highest increase is in Mtunzini in KwaZulu- Natal with 93.7%.

Even though there has been a drop of 1.8%, the minister said he did not feel the current drop in crime.

“Yes, we have a 1.8% drop in crime, I do not feel it, and our people do not feel it, and they are correct.

We have a drop in sexual violence, but we have more and more pictures of our women going missing. People must feel the drop in crime where they live.” The minister said.

The biggest home robberies were in Nyanga and Honeydew. Most carjacking happened in Berea in Durban, followed by Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion.

The area with the biggest drop in carjacking is Chartsworth in KwaZulu- Natal.

“Behind the numbers are real feelings, real lives, real hurt, real harm, real losses, deaths, feelings of unsafety- these statistics represent the memory of that gruesome rape or murder, the fearful home invasion and loss of property.” Mbalula concluded.

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