KZN sees increase in killings, house thefts and hijackings

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By Jolene Marriah-Maharaj Feb 19, 2021

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Durban – KwaZulu-Natal has seen an increase in murders, attempted murders, carjackings and house thefts.

This was revealed in the latest crime statistics for the period October 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

A total of 136 other people were murdered in KZN, bringing the total to 1,437.

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Police also recorded a 13% increase in reported attempted murder cases.

Cases of carjacking and residential burglaries have also increased.

A total of 791 cases of carjacking have been reported to police, an increase of 34 cases.

Home theft, when people are at home, increased 6.2% with 1,299 reported cases.

Margate, on the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal, took first place in the number of home burglaries with 307 reported cases out of a total of 1,299.

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A burglary is when no one is home.

The top five home burglaries in KwaZulu-Natal are KwaDakuza with 236 cases, Plessislaer 290, Inanda 263, Alexandra Road 212 and Pinetown, 195. Hillcrest and Phoenix were not far behind with 183 and 181 reported cases.

The number of reported sexual offenses in KZN fell from 2,778 to 2,661, a decrease of 4%.

Sixty-three fewer rape incidents were reported in the province in the three months that the statistics are based on.

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Money thefts from transit and truck hijackings have increased, but no bank robberies have been reported in the province during this period.

According to the report, the last bank robbery in KZN took place between 2017/2018.

TBEN

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