Crime – up’s and downs

Leoni Kruger
LEPHALALE — “Theft and burglary are increasing and although businesses in town say that it is very quiet and that business has decreased, the amount of people staying in town is still the same.
There is no money and according to specialists, the situation is likely to change only in January 2017. But until then, the Lephalale community is facing a problem of jobless people trying to make a living and of general lawlessness in town” said Lofty Fourie, acting CPF chairperson, during the CPF meeting on Thursday 21 July.
Lieutenant Precious Monyai of Lephalale SAPS confirmed Fouries’ statement during her crime report and said that burglary and theft out of motor vehicles increased with 27.2% compared to the same time last year. She said that burglary is a problem in all the sectors – Marapong, Onverwacht, Lephalale town, etc and that Sekelbos -, Doringlaagte -, George Avgos -, Ellis – and Church Street are currently hot spots for burglars.
Other crimes that increased compared to last year the same time are contact related crimes. She added that contact related crimes in Marapong can always be related to alcohol and 50 % or these cases are withdrawn when they are sober as they then convince each other that it was not that bad.
Lt. Monyai also said that the police had a lot of success over the last few months with the arrest of drunken drivers. There is a 5% increase compared to the same time last year. Drug arrests also did well with a 9.5% increase.

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