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Cops concerned about increase in violent robberies

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2013 | 8:08 AM

The police say they are very concerned about the degree of violence they have been observing in recent robberies.



The Constabulary Communications Network (CCN) says statistics show there was a 3 per cent decrease in robberies up to October 12, when compared to the similar period last year.



However, it says the statistics also indicate that up to October 17, physical violence such as gunshots, stabbing, slashing and beatings were used in 13 per cent of robberies.



It says this is compared to physical violence being used in 11 per cent of robberies for the similar period last year.



According to the CCN, illegal guns featured in 66 per cent of armed robberies so far this year.



CCN also says crime pattern analysis by the police shows that 62 per cent of all robberies occur on the streets and roadways, in and around shopping centers, 7 per cent occur in and around retail outlets while 4 per cent occur in the confines of the homes of victims.



Most of these robberies take place between 6 o’clock in the evenings and midnight.



CCN further reveals that young people walking alone or in small groups with valuable personal items such as cell phones and exposed jewellery are the most likely robbery victims.



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