High crime levels haunt Stellenbosch

Residents say it’s time people act to curb the high levels of crime.

FILE: Residents say it’s time people act to curb the high levels of crime. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The top three crimes plaguing Stellenbosch communities are burglaries, substance abuse and robberies.

Residents say they have grappled with these crimes and it's time people act to curb the high levels of crime.

This emerged at a public meeting last night in Pniel, attended by provincial police officials and Western Cape community safety MEC, Dan Plato, among others.

This gathering was part of a policing needs and priorities consultation process that kicked off last month.

Two of the main causes of these crimes are unemployment and a lack of education. Residents believe more urgent policing attention will see a dramatic drop in these crimes.

Western Cape Community Safety's Plato says the meetings provide the perfect platform for residents' concerns.

There will be more gathering in the following months as a way to fight the scourge of crime in the area.