The July riots were one of the main drivers behind the increase in arson and malicious property damage incidents in Gauteng, according to the latest crime statistics available.
Arson and malicious property damage increased by 5.3 % up 8.1% compared to the same quarter in the previous year.
“The unrest in July increased these two crimes as property was damaged. We all saw the aftermath of the July riots. Although the increases recorded are in the single digits, everyone has felt the effects.
“We have learned valuable lessons from this and we all agree that if we work together we can do anything,” said Police Commissioner von Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela.
The crime statistics for the second quarter of 2021/2022 – from July to September – were presented on Tuesday by the provincial police officers to the Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Community Security.
Mawela said property crimes were down 8.2%, 1,908 fewer than in the same quarter in the previous year further cases), an increase that is slightly lower than in the current period.
“We will tackle the break-in into non-residential buildings with our business partners. Two things have to happen n: an increase in police patrols in hotspot areas and an increase in physical or technological security by business owners.
“Hopefully this will lead to an overall reduction in property crime during the next reporting period.”
Mawela said the 17 serious crimes reported by the community, which are broken down into four categories – contact crime, contact crime, property crime and other serious crimes – also reported a 0.7% decrease from 2020/21.