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Gun Free SA wants detailed crime stats

Gun Free South Africa believes that currently crime statistics are too vague.

FILE: Gun Free South Africa believes that currently crime statistics are too vague. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN."

JOHANNESBURG - Gun Free South Africa has called for more detailed annual crime stats.

The organisation fears that some data could be misinterpreted.

The figures released on Friday show a 3.7 increase in the illegal possession of firearms.

Gun Free South Africa's Adele Kirsten believes the stats are too vague in this respect.

"Where do those illegal guns come from? Is it through lost and theft or is it through cross border trade? So we need that information to understand the picture in much more detail."

Meanwhile, Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says crime fighting efforts will continually be bolstered.

Lamoer expressed concern over the 12.8 percent increase in the murder rate and the 21 percent rise in car hijackings in the Cape.

Lamoer says everybody can play a role in reducing crime.

"What we must understand is that the resources are not always the problem. In the case of investigations, we try and make our investigations more effective and that process is ongoing."