Kwatsaduza – Tsakani made the list of 30 police stations in Gauteng at which serious crimes were reported.
This was reflected in the 2020/21 second-quarter crime statistics released by acting provincial police commissioner Maj-Gen Patricia Rampota to the legislature last week.
The local police station has made it onto the list in six categories, which includes carjacking, robbery at non-residential premises, truck hijacking, sexual offences, rape and illegal possession of firearms.
The station reported 37 carjacking cases over the three-month period from July to September this year.
This is an increase of eight cases for the same period in 2019.
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Robbery at non-residential premises sits at number 29, with 21 cases reported this year.
This is an increase of six cases from the 15 cases reported last year.
Truck hijacking is occupying position 16, with six cases reported.
Last year only two cases were reported during this time.
This shows a gradual increase of cases since the area reported zero cases in July to September in 2017/2018 and in July to September in 2018/2019.
Sexual offences saw a slight decline in reported cases.
Sixty cases were reported last year and 52 this year.
The station occupies position 12 on the top 30 stations in this category in Gauteng.
Tsakani Police Station takes position seven, with 48 rape cases reported in July to September this year.
The station didn’t feature in the top 30 stations in the April to June 2020 first-quarter stats.
Though this is the case, the station saw a decline of three cases from the previous year.
In the illegal possession of firearms category, only four cases were reported at the Tsakani Police Station during the three-month period last year.
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The station saw an increase of 20 reported cases this year.
Kwa-Thema Police Station peeped through in the drug-related cases at position 28.
The station this year recorded 164 cases, which is a decline of 61 from the 225 reported last year.
Kwa-Thema Police Station acting branch commander Capt Mphegolle Maphutha said the decline in these stats might be a result of Covid-19 regulations.
“These cases entail police having to respond to tip-offs from the community and through the stop-and-searches in the streets.
“The restriction of movement saw a decline of people on our streets, meaning less people were stopped and searched during this period,” he said.
The captain added that police patrols are continuing to fight crime in the area.
“We are urging residents to speak out against drugs and other criminal activities.
“The responsibility of fighting crime does not only fall on the police but the community at large,” he said.
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