Murder rate in CT cluster declines by 17%

There are nine areas that fall within the Cape Town policing cluster including Camps Bay, Kensington & Langa.

WC community safety department hosting the annual Policing Needs & Priorities process in Salt River this weekend. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The murder rate has dropped by 17 percent in the Cape Town police cluster over the past five years.

This statistic emerged in a Policing Needs and Priorities Workshop in Salt River today.

The workshop has taken place in at least four other policing clusters in the province over the past few months.

Police, law enforcement agencies and community safety groups in the Cape Town police cluster have been attending this weekend's Policing Needs and Priorities Workshop in Salt River.

There are nine areas that fall within the Cape Town policing cluster including Camps Bay, Kensington, Langa, Sea Point and the Cape Town CBD.

The Latest police crime statistics indicate the murder rate in the Cape Town cluster has decreased by 17 percent.

Deputy cluster commander Brigadier Lillian Van Wyk has attributed the decrease to communities taking responsibility and being more aware of safety issues.

"Most of our murders happen in-house, bars or clubs and so I think people are starting to take more responsibility or their own personal safety."

Van Wyk says property-related crime remains the biggest problem in the cluster.