Crime statistics paint bleak picture for Limpopo

MOKOPNE – Shock waves flooded Mokopane and the surrounding areas as the latest crime statistics were released. Mahwelereng is on the top 10 list for the highest crime in Limpopo. The upcoming holiday season is also a headache, not only for the police, but also for residents.

The latest crime statistics were released on 3 November by Commisioner Lt Genl Nneke Ledwaba at the Polokwane International Airport. He said that it is crucial for the community to work closely with the police to keep crime low during the festive season.

The worst 10 precincts in Limpopo are Polokwane, Seshego, Mankweng, Thohoyandou, Mahwelereng, Tzaneen, Westenburg, Lebowakgomo, Giyani and Makhado. Unfortunately Bosveld could not get comment from Col Sello Lesso, Spokesperson for the Mahwelereng police.

Col Leshoaneng Mantjane, Mokopane Police Station Commander, stated that Mokopane hasn’t experience a crime wave.

“The main concern is theft out of motor vehicles, but even that is decreasing.

“The crime in Moogophong is at a peak,” says Vossie Vosloo of the Heritage Protection Group. “We have a lot of burglaries in our area. I think that crime in South Africa will never decrease, it might only get worse.”

Vosloo says that with the upcoming holiday people must sharpen their personal safety at homes and businesses. “Broken doors and windows must be fixed and burglar proofed. “If you have an alarm keep it on at all times when not at home or even when at home at night because it at least gives out an early warning. If you do not have an alarm, get one. I also think residents must communicate better with their neighbours. That way they can let each other know when something is going on and keep in touch when the other leaves home to watch over it.”

Mantjane told Bosveld that during December Mokopane’s crime rates usually escalate “but luckily we as the police will be on our feet and roam the streets”.

He asked the community to report any incident so that perpetrators can be brought to justice.

“I also urge people to make sure their vehicle doors are closed after locking it. Physically check if every door is locked.”

According to Pro-Active South Africa, a computer security service, the escalating crime rates for 2017 in Limpopo are:

• Carjacking – 459 and escalated with 14,48 %.

• Drug related crime – 14 393 and escalated with 12,94 %.

• Robbery of cash-in-transit – 10 and escalated with 10,95 %.

• Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition – 533 and escalated with 9,22%.

• Stock theft – 1 956 and escalated with 8,85 %.

• Robbery at residential premises – 1 181 and escalated with 7,32 %.

• Robbery with aggravating circumstances – 6 745 and escalated with 6,36 %.

• Sexual offences discovered as result of police action – 698 and escalated with 5,63 %.

• Commercial crime – 4 024 and escalated with 5,20 %.

• Robbery at non-residential premises – 1 750 and escalated with 4,99 %.

• Murder – 813 and escalated with 1,84 %.

• Burglary at non-residential premises – 7 288 and escalated with 0,81 %.

• Attempted murder – 829 and escalated with 0.,43 %.

There is also a few crimes which decreased this year like truck hijacking (27) and driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs (4 420).

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Lionél van Wyk

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