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Sexual offences in Potch on the rise again

The crime statistics released recently have shown a 23.1 per cent increase in sexual assault in Potchefstroom.

After a sharp decline in the number of sexual assault cases being reported at the Potchefstroom police station in 2018/2019, the numbers are on the rise again.
The crime statistics released recently have shown a 23.1 per cent increase in sexual assault in Potchefstroom. According to the 2017/2018 stats, 106 sexual assault cases were reported in Potchefstroom. In 2018/2019, this number dropped to 65 but has recently increased to 80. This is still one of the lowest numbers of sexual assault cases that were reported in Potchefstroom in the last ten years, however.
Ikageng police station has also seen a 26.9 per cent rise in sexual assault cases after a steady decline since 2015/2016.
The total number of sexual assault cases for Potchefstroom and Ikageng, including rape and attempted sexual assault, is 278.
On the bright side, burglary, especially residential, has declined by almost 20 per cent. There were 171 fewer burglaries from residential premises reported at the Potchefstroom police station. The number of burglaries (690) is the lowest it has been in Potchefstroom in the last seven years. Robbery at residential premises has also decreased by 24 per cent. Potchefstroom saw 28 robberies at residential premises in the last year compared to 34 in 2018/2019. Theft out of a motor vehicle, which has continuously been a headache for law enforcement, especially on the Bult, has decreased by 20.6 per cent. A total of 776 cases of theft out of a motor vehicle were reported at the Potchefstroom police station, compared to 977 in the previous year. This is the first year that a decrease in cases has been noted since 2014/2015.
Similar trends were seen at the Ikageng police station, with burglaries declining by 5.2 per cent and theft out of motor vehicles decreasing by 22.2 per cent.
Murders increased by 50 per cent and attempted murders by 133 per cent in 2019/2020. Potchefstroom recorded nine murder cases and 14 attempted murder cases. In comparison, Klerksdorp, our neighbour to the south-east, recorded 20 murder cases and 24 cases of attempted murder. Thirty murder cases were recorded at the Ikageng police station and 13 cases of attempted murder.

 

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