1. CRIME STATISTICS FOR GREEN POINT / SEA POINT
· In 12 categories crime was at, or almost at, a 10-year low.
· In all but 3 categories (common robbery, carjacking, robbery at non-residential premises) reported incidents in 2019 were below the 10-year average.
· Violent crime (murder, attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, rape, sexual offences, attempted sexual offences) is low.
· Other serious crimes (carjacking, robbery with aggravating circumstances, burglary at non-residential premises) are either low (in the single digits) or stable (no increase from the prior year).
· On the downside common assault, common robbery, and malicious damage to property remain weekly occurrences (an average of 1-2 incidents per week).
· While burglary at residential places decreased in 2019, it still is a nearly daily occurrence.
· Theft of Motor Vehicles increased by 23% and on average 2 vehicles are stolen each week, and while Theft Out of Motor Vehicles decreased slightly, an average of 3 vehicles are broken into daily – see below as to what can be done to help curb this.
The Green Point / Sea Point community compares favourably with other Atlantic Seaboard communities (Clifton / Camps Bay / Bakoven and Hout Bay) with GP/SP being the lowest in 5 of 9
Contact Crime categories (without being highest in any of the remaining 4 categories), and thelowest in 4 out of 6 Aggravated Robbery sub-categories.
Green Point / Sea Point reflect the highest incidents in all categories of Crimes Detected as a Result of Police Action, but this is most likely as a result of Sea Point SAPS being more proactive in initiating searches at traffic and other stops.
Incidents per population for commercial crimes, shoplifting, and regrettably, sexual assault and contact sexual offences are higher in GP/SP (but these crimes are not a serious problem in any of
Theft Out of Motor Vehicle is significantly higher in GP/SP than in any of the other two Atlantic Seaboard communities.
International comparisons are a bit more difficult because crimes may be categorized differently in other countries, but the murder rate in GP/SP is similar to the rate in Chicago, and aggravated assault appears to be lower than NY, LA and Chicago. The robbery rate in GP/SP also appears to be similar to Chicago (and lower than London.) Burglary is on par with Detroit, and theft of motor vehicles is comparable to LA and nearly half the rate in Detroit.
Points To Remember
· Theft of Motor Vehicles (TOMV) – a recommendation is that vehicles, which are left unattended in streets, should be secured with alarms and steering locks. If you hear a car alarm, please investigate this immediately.
· Housebreak-ins – people should not leave windows without burglar bars open, especially at night when asleep. In addition, recently there have been a number of cases where criminals have used bins and other objects or have climbed up drain pipes to gain access to higher level apartments. Please review your home to identify and secure potential points of entry.
What can you do as a member of the GPNW?
· Report all suspicious behaviour and unusual occurrences, i.e. “be the eyes and ears of SAPS”.
· Encourage neighbours and friends to report crimes with a relevant Case Number.
· Know your neighbours and engage with them especially when your house is unoccupied and when you are away.
· Assist to establish a “Street Captain” system in your street, i.e. one person who can represent all in the street, for instance at the monthly SAPS Sector meetings (held on 1st floor in the Sea Point SAPS boardroom once a month).
· Support and attend monthly Crime Awareness Walks (just 1 hour a month of your time).
· Participate regularly on the Radio Group (if you are a radio holder) and/or on the Crime and Emergency Whatsapp Group.
· Get involved with committees and give feedback information to the GPNW Exco.
· Lastly, pay your GPNW Subscriptions, currently R250 per annum as unanimously agreed to by the GPNW AGM held on 22nd November 2018.