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WC 'shadow' crime report released

WC community safety dept. plans to release detailed crime stats at least four times a year.

Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said on Wednesday majority of murder victims in the Western Cape are 18 to 35-year-old males, who were victims of stabbings.

Plato released the first ever shadow crime report in Cape Town using information from the police and mortuaries.

The Western Cape Department of Community Safety wants to release crime figures more regularly in order to curb incidents.

The shadow crime report categorises incidents by gender, age, race and policing precinct.

Plato said he is concerned that young people made up the majority of murder victims 2011.

Townships like Nyanga and Khayelitsha have the highest number of killings, while shootings in known gang infested neighbourhoods were also high.

"The number of murders by shootings in gang areas is significantly higher than the provincial norm, and I think that is also very important."

Plato wants the report to be released twice a year and eventually on a quarterly basis.

The department intends using the figures to inform its crime-fighting strategies.

"All of this information demonstrates the significance of localised information which can now be used for more specific interventions that can have a far deeper impact."