While there was a marginal decrease of murders in the country, some provinces still experienced an increase, according to crime statistics. Police on Friday presented official crime statistics spanning from April 1 to December 2016 to the police committee in Parliament, where they painted a picture of a country winning the fight against crime. According to the statistics, 14 333 cases of murder were reported in the time period, a decrease of 10 in comparison to the previous trimester.
The crime statistics released on Friday point to two “key concerning trends” related to public safety in South Africa: the increase in the murder rate‚ and a rise in organised crime. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was reacting to the crime statistics that were presented before the Police Portfolio Committee in Parliament. “The murder rate is a key measure of violence in society. The increase in this category means we must rethink our approach to improving public safety‚’ said Dr Chandré Gould‚ ISS researcher.
The South African Police Service has released the crime statistics for 2015, showing which crimes have increased – and decreased – in the past year. Overall, the stats paint a more negative outlook for crime in the country: of the 27 crime categories presented in the data, only 11 had decreases in reported criminal activity from 2014 to 2015. The remaining 16 categories saw crime levels rise.
Crime data shows that Gauteng is by far the worst place in the country for car theft and hijackings, with precincts around Joburg and Pretoria hardest hit. This is according to data from Crime Stats SA, an online database run by Meerkat Data Management, which neatly displays official reported crime data from the South African Police Service (SAPS). The worst 10 precincts for hijacking in the country are largely found in Gauteng, adding weight to the province’s title as the hijacking capital of South Africa.
The local crime stats for the Midrand policing precinct showcased an increase in theft-out-of-motor-vehicles from 574 incidents in the 2004/5 financial year to 918 incidents in 2013/14. The South African Police Services announced that nationally murder had increased in the 2013/14 financial year, and this was also reflected in the local crime statistics for Midrand policing precinct. Murder incidents had increased from 14 incidents in 2004/5 to 19 incidents in 2013/14 financial year.
This factsheet provides an overview of key crime trends for the period 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 as recorded by the South African Police Service (SAPS). Researched by the Institute for Security Studies and Africa Check. On the day of their release, these statistics were already at least six months out of date. That means that the current crime situation, particularly at local level, could be very different to that described by the statistics below. For a guide on how to interpret crime statistics see the Africa CheckRead More
The murder rate has increased despite overall serious crime declining slightly by 0.4 percent, according to the 2013/2014 crime statistics released on Friday. “It’s a very difficult area to police. It requires each and every one of us to work together,” national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said referring to the murder rate. “We really need help in this area.”
Gauteng and the Western Cape are becoming increasingly violent with a large spike in the number of murder cases across the provinces, and significant increases in attempted murders, armed robberies and carjacking. The SA Police Service’s annual crime statistics for April 2013 to March 2014 were released on Friday morning, painting a grim picture that revealed a large increase in contact crimes in both provinces, significantly contributing to the 0.5 percent increase in the number of contact crime cases opened across the country.
Annual statistics on crime released on Thursday show sharp disparities in how different parts of the country fared in terms of serious crime.Variations in crime statistics between provinces over time are dependent on everything from the effectiveness of regional police management to changes in demographics owing to urbanisation and migrant labour. Even so, comparisons between provinces can be useful in identifying broad trends.