Lockdown sees crime plummet in Gauteng

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Acting Provincial Police Commissioner Major General Patricia Rampota on Tuesday gave an account of the number of crimes committed in Gauteng, particularly during the national state of disaster.

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JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng has recorded a 16% decrease in serious crimes.

Police officials on Tuesday presented the provincial July to September 2020 crime stats.

Acting Provincial Police Commissioner Major General Patricia Rampota gave an account of the number of crimes committed in Gauteng, particularly during the national state of disaster.

While the provincial crime stats showed a positive image of the province’s fight against crime, Rampota said the lockdown definitely had a huge impact on almost all categories.

The reduction was in all broad categories of crime namely: contact, house robberies, and other serious crimes.

However, Gauteng saw an increase in cash-in-transit robberies – 14 cases higher – and truck hijackings increased by 52%.

Police also noticed that criminals changed their modus operandi during the lockdown period, scamming citizens through the internet, ATM withdrawals, and false information.

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