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Phiyega urges public to secure their homes

The national police commissioner has urged home owners to adequately secure their properties.

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega speaks at the release of the 2013/2014 annual crime statistics in Pretoria on 19 September 2014. Picture: Sapa.

PRETORIA - While the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has pinned the increasing number of contact crimes on a failing crime intelligence unit in the South African Police Service (SAPS), the national police commissioner has urged home owners to do their bit in adequately securing their properties.

The latest crime statistics released on Friday show murder, house robberies and hijackings have gone up.

National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says collaboration between police and communities is key to tackling house robberies.

"You must ensure that your house is also secured because police cannot be in each and every house. Police can be in the streets to ensure that there's visibility."

ISS's Gareth Newham says this is not the type of crime communities should be dealing with.

"We're talking about young guys with firearms. What can the communities do about that? What you want is the police to be able to arrest them because they can link them to a crime scene through their fingerprints and make sure they go to jail. And that will solve robbery."

Newham has appealed to government to release the statistics monthly to better inform the public on crime.