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Gauteng trio crimes decrease

Gauteng top cop Mzwandile Petros says strategies adopts in the province resulted in success.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the announcement of the 2011/2012 crime statistics. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng has seen a decrease in trio crimes, an area highlighted as needing urgent attention by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

On Thursday, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa released the 2011/2012 crime statistics in Parliament, Cape Town.

It showed a slight overall decrease in contact crimes across South Africa.

In Gauteng, statistics revealed a slight decrease in the number of murders.

During the 2010/2011 period, a total of 3,257 murders were recorded in the province, compared to 3,012 in 2011/2012.

But in areas such as Orange Farm and Roodepoort, the figures show a slight increase in murders.

In Muldersdrift, which has seen violent incidents in recent weeks, figures revealed an increase in housebreakings.

The latest statistics also showed a decrease of 3.5 percent in contact crimes.

The trio crimes of vehicle hijackings, house and business robberies also dropped.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros said, "What we did in the past two years was to get a strategy to reduce those crimes. We are pleased with the downward trend."

What emerged as a growing trend is theft out of or from motor vehicles.

Police attributed this increase to the use of remote control jamming devices.

Petros said serious crimes, including murder and house robberies, decreased in Gauteng.

Nationally, statistics showed that small to medium-sized businesses were being targeted by criminals.

Foreign-owned comapnies are particularly vulnerable.