Lamoer: SAPS need sustainable approach to crime

Arno Lamoer said more than 40 percent of violent crimes in the province occur in six priority areas.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer.  Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer says the South African Police Service (SAPS) want a sustainable approach to effectively deal with criminal activities in identified hotspots.

Lamoer earlier gave a breakdown of the province's crime stats at a briefing in Gugulethu, following the release of the 2013/2014 statistics in Pretoria on Friday.

He told reporters there's been a noticeable increase in crimes such as murder and robberies while sexual offences have decreased by 8.1 percent.

Lamoer said more than 40 percent of violent crimes occur in their top six priority areas which include Nyanga, Philippi, Gugulethu and Khayelitsha.

He said gang violence has been a major contributor towards the increase in the province's murder rate.

The highest number of gang murders was recorded in Mitchells Plain, followed by Bishop Lavis, Delft, Elsies River and Philippi.

Lamoer insisted gangsterism can't be solved by police alone, urging communities to do more to assist them in getting drugs and guns off the streets.

More than 2,000 firearms were seized over the past financial year.

'UNLAWFULNESS WON'T BE TOLERATED'

Earlier, Lamoer said an estimated 30 members of the SAPS have been dismissed on charges of corruption since the start of the year.

He said unlawfulness within the SAPS won't be tolerated.

Lamoer said authorities have embarked on an initiative to improve detective skills in the province.

He adding that more than 500 SAPS recruits began training today.