Crime in WC at all-time high

Data from police and community safety show increases in six different categories of crime.

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CAPE TOWN - Crime in the Western Cape is at an all-time high.

This has emerged as the Provincial Legislature’s Standing Committee on Community Safety on Wednesday received annual reports from the department, Cape Town Metro Police and the police ombudsman.

Data from police and community safety show increases in six different categories of crime.

National crime stats, released last month, indicate Nyanga remains the suburb with the highest murder rate in the country, during a year in which there were over 19,000 murders nationally, the highest point in 10 years.

In the Western Cape, murder increased by 2.7% and the province has the second highest rate after the Eastern Cape.

Contact Crime showed a 1.8% decrease, but robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 1.3% with more than 24,000 cases reported.

No bank robberies were reported for the Western Cape, however, cash-in-transit heists increased by 45.8%.

Carjacking rose by 8.3% to more than 2,000 reported cases.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)