‘Plain has increase in serious crimes

Mitchell’s Plain police station ranks third in the top 30 police stations in the country where serious crime was reported.

This is according to the annual crime statistics released today, Tuesday September 11, which cover the period April 2017 to March 2018.

However, it showed that 11 382 cases were reported compared to 12 894 the previous period – a decline of 1 512 cases.

And while the station was ranked third again out of 30 police stations in the contact crime category, 4 362 of these crimes were reported, a decrease of 366 since the 2016/2017 period.

Sobering news though is that more murders and attempted murders were reported, bringing the total number of murders for 2017/2018 to 140 – an increase of 37 – while attempted murder jumped from 144 cases to 246 cases, making Mitchell’s Plain police station the second ranked station in this crime category.

The station is also the station in the country where the most common assaults have been reported – 1 574 – and sexual offences have also increased to 200 from 193 last year.

Arrests made in the precinct in the past week include the arrest of a 34-year-old suspect for damaging cables at Kapteinsklip railway station; the apprehension of two suspects, aged 45 and 46, for cable theft in Tafelsig; the arrest of a 41-year-old man for drug dealing at a house in Korhaan Street, Rocklands, where police seized 303 units of heroin, 36 straws of heroin, 21 packets of tik and 91 mandrax tablets; and arrests in Tafelsig and Westridge for the possession of illegal firearms and ammunition.

Mitchell’s Plain SAPS acting station commander, Colonel Jacobus Fredericks, urged the community to exercise responsible legal firearm ownership by ensuring that firearms are stored in a safe, that the key is in a safe place, that the code is kept secret, that firearms are kept away from children and that children are taught that a firearm is not a toy. Any firearm loss should be reported immediately.


Reprt crime to the Crime Stop number 08600 10111 or SMS 32211.