Substance abuse, home burglaries and common robbery are the crimes which affect most Western Cape communities, the provincial community safety department said on Wednesday.

Department MEC Dan Plato said these findings were the result of surveys from 13 347 households, 25 community policing forums, and interviews with relevant organisations.

The findings formed part of a 140-page report on provincial policing needs and priorities, released to reporters in Cape Town on Wednesday.

“I have already couriered copies of this document to national Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, for consideration when determining the national policing policy,” Plato said.

He would monitor the degree to which highlighted needs and priorities were implemented in national policy, as the province was unique.

He said it needed specialised police drug and gang units, as well as a framework with targets to address drug-related crime. – Sapa