Rape and house robberies up over festive season

The South African Police Service said on Thursday that there was a...

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The South African Police Service said on Thursday that there was a significant decrease in cash-in-transit heists and hijackings during the festive period.

The police’s Eugene Opperman attributed the success to tip-offs and an increase in the number of men and women in blue who were deployed during the festive period.

“We Intensified police and that helped tremendously,” said Opperman.

Last month, police foiled a number of armed robberies in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><state w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Gauteng, including a planned robbery at the Protea Coin depot in Edenvale.

They also intercepted a robbery at a furniture store in Woodmead.

Opperman said police were however concerned about rape and house robberies which increased slightly in the same period.

“That usually goes with the misuse of alcohol.The same applies with rape, especially in the family or friendship circle,” said Opperman.

Netcare 911 said that the call-outs it received for assault, stabbings and bullet wound cases decreased, compared to 2007.