The annual SAPS crime statistics for 2015/16 were released on Friday, 2 September 2016.
The high murder rate (up 9.9% from 3 321 in 2014/15 to 3 649 in 2015/16), carjacking (up 24.3% from 769 in 2014/15 to 956 in 2015/15) and truck hijacking (up 58.8% from 34 in 2014/15 to 54 in 2015/16), along with the high rate of other crimes in this province, highlights the need for the SAPS to have a fresh approach to reducing crime.
These figures continue to strike fear into the hearts and minds of people when it comes to issues of their personal safety.
To make great strides in winning the war against crime, the SAPS must embrace modern technology that is available. This technology includes drones, CCTV cameras, number plate recognition cameras, WhatsApp groups and available technology such as Shotspotter that can triangulate gunshots to within three meters in a community.
Last year the release of the crime statistics was marred with controversy as we found a discrepancy between the statistics released between the two previous years.
The SAPS needs to enter into memorandums of understanding with municipalities in this province to establish partnerships to reduce crime, particularly in the areas where it comes to sharing technological innovation.
To create a province of rising opportunity for all, the crime rate needs to be drastically reduced, as this is a deterrent for investors. — Bobby Stevenson MPL, Shadow MEC for Safety and Security