We all know that South African Crime is one of the highest in the world. But some of us may not always know the facts behind it. So here is a list of them that you may not have known.
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Did you know that on average 47 people are murdered every day? This was released by the National crime statistics and indicates that 809 more people were murdered in between 2013 and 2014, than in 2012. Murder is the most accurate crime statistic and is seen as being an indicator of a country’s stability.
2. Someone you know
Most assaults, murders and rapes take place between people who know each other and live in the same neighbourhood. They can occur because violence is accepted as a norm and a way to solve problems in schools, neighbourhoods and at home.
3. Aggravated Robberies
Since 2012 the total number of aggravated robberies that were reported to the police increased from 101 203 to 105 888. This type of robbery occurs when armed perpetrators threaten or use violence against the victim in order to steal their belongings.
4. Sexual Assault
The South African Medical Research Council estimated that only one in nine rapes are reported to the police. This means that the 62 649 cases of sexual assault recorded by the police between 2013/2014 should be much higher.
5. Street Robbery
Between 2013 and 2014 there was an average of 189 cases of street robbery every day. Street robberies normally affect poorer people when they are travelling to and from work, shopping, going to school and visiting others.
There has been a reduction of the number of reported cases of assault between 2013 and 2014. However, statistics on assault are less reliable because they are not routinely reported to the police and the police don’t always record them.
7. House Burglaries
On average 714 houses were burgled every day between 2013 and 2014. It may seem like a lot but the number of residential burglaries has actually decreased by 0.6%.
8. Car Hijackings
There were 31 motor vehicles on average being hijacked per day between 2013 and 2014. This increased by 12.3%, along with truck hijackings which increased by 5.1%. It is of great concern because most of these hijackings are conducted by organized crime syndicate.
9. Commercial Crime
Between 2013 and 2014, commercial crime, which includes crimes such as corruption and fraud, has decreased by 13.6% to 79 109 incidents.
10. TRIO Robberies
Between 2004 and 2009 when the police were targeting street robberies there was a rise in TRIO robberies. These were made up of house robberies (increased by 96%), hijackings(20%) and business robberies( 319%). But when the FIFA World cup came around these crimes decreased by 11.8% because of changes in police strategy and focus.
South African crime statistics may not always be pleasant to know, but having an idea of why crime occurs can help us be alert and prevent the crime happening to us.