Kaya 959 Reporter
Police Minister Bheki Cele released the crime stats for the 1st quarter.
The report reflects the crimes recorded during the Adjusted Lockdown Level 1,2 and 3 for the period 1 April to 30 June 2021.
Contact crimes such as murder, attempted murder, sexual offences and all categories of assault registered a 60, 6% increase.
The stats are compared to last year’s results from the same period.
Property related crimes increased by 6% while stock theft decrease by 8%.
Cele says the the results must be understood under the context of the lockdown levels.
The minister also communicated how COVID-19 affected the The South African Police Service.
Many police stations have closed due to contamination.
The virus infected 38000 members and claimed the lives of 821.
The minister appreciates that 50% of the police force is vaccinated and encourages the remainder of the force to do the same.