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Crime stats: Kempton Park is ‘under siege’

Understaffed police stations remain a critical issue.

Murder, attempted murder, common robbery, residential robberies and car theft were among the crimes which increased in Kempton Park the past financial year.

This is according to the latest crime statistics for April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019, released last week.

These statistics include Kempton Park, Norkem Park and Sebenza police stations.Murder cases reported increased from 35 to 47, attempted murder from 76 to 81, common robbery from from 424 to 1 123, residential robberies from 218 tot 225 and car theft from 579 to 686.

Crimes which showed a decline included robbery with aggravating circumstances (from 1 517 to 1 458), hijackings (315 to 285), non-residential robberies (207 to 198), non-residential burglaries (593 to 513), residential burglaries (1 458 to 1 416) and theft out of vehicles (1 634 to 1 616).

Mike Waters, DA MP and Kempvale constituency head, said Kempton Park residents were under siege, with the murder rate at a staggering 28.57 per cent increase across all three police station precincts and rape up 22.86 per cent.

“When one drills down to each specific police station, the picture is equally horrifying, with Kempton Park Police Station being ranked in the top 30 for the highest number of crimes in the country – 16 times for different category of crimes,” said Waters.

“There are 36 categories of crime and for any police station to even appear in the top 30 for any category of crime is a disgrace, let alone 16 times.”

Waters said all three police stations has crippling staff shortages. Kempton Park is 160 per cent understaffed, Norkem Park 71 per cent and Sebenza 35 per cent.

“The DA has repeatedly raised the issue of the chronic shortages of police officers at all three Kempton Park police stations and until our police stations are adequately staffed, we will never win the fight against crime.”

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