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26 Sep 2016
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Crime knows no holiday in Westbury – stats

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A man was shot in Westbury on Heritage Day.

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On Heritage Day, September 24, after 10pm a man was shot at three times at Circle Court in Westbury, Johannesburg, and was rushed to hospital, where he is said to be in a stable condition, Warrant Officer Thomas de Bruyn confirmed.

The suspect is still at large.

“He shot the victim three times, of which two bullets hit him. One went through his upper left body near the arm and one on his leg. With the third bullet, we could not find where it hit him, and only two cartridges were found on the scene,” De Bruyn said.

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“With the victim is still in hospital, he has stated that he would be able to identify his shooter,” he said.

When asked what measures were being taken, considering the daily crimes committed in the Westbury area, De Bruyn said: “So far we have increased police visibility, and we have a task team as well making sure they are working on all these cases tirelessly.”

The crime stats from Sophiatown SAPS show that attempted murder cases increased from 32 in 2015 to 35 in 2016. Murder cases increased from 16 in 2015 to 27 2016.

Below are some of the crime stats:

OFFENCE 2015 2016
Murder 16 27
Attempted murder 32 35
Assault with intent to inflict body harm 415 507
Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition 26 34
Drug-related crimes 1515 938
Driving under influence of alcohol and drugs 404 549
All theft not mentioned elsewhere 1 038 1 089
Robbery at residential premises 110 84
Robbery at non-residential premises 57 64
Crime detected as a result of police 4 1
Sexual offences 86 94
Malicious damage to property 451 485
Burglary at non-residential 692 680
Theft at/or from vehicle 357 330
Robbery with aggravating circumstances 457 649

In 2o15, total numbers of crimes committed was 7 049 and in 2104, 6 257.

A case of attempted murder has been opened, and investigations are ongoing.

– Caxton News Service