House­break­ing tops house­hold crimes in SA

Daily Dispatch - - News - ERNEST MABUZA

House­break­ing or bur­glary was a ma­jor prob­lem in 2017/18‚ ac­count­ing for 54% of all house­hold crimes sur­veyed in the lat­est Vic­tims of Crime Sur­vey.

The sur­vey‚ re­leased on Thurs­day‚ is based on crime fig­ures pro­duced by Sta­tis­tics South Africa‚ which are es­ti­mated from house­hold sur­veys. It pro­vides in­sight about the dy­nam­ics of crime from the per­spec­tive of house­holds‚ and vic­tims of crime.

It also ex­plores pub­lic per­cep­tions of po­lice‚ pros­e­cu­tors‚ the courts and cor­rec­tional ser­vices in the pre­ven­tion of crime.

An es­ti­mated 832‚122 in­ci­dents of house­break­ing oc­curred‚ ac­cord­ing to the lat­est sur­vey‚ com­pared to 776‚933 in the pre­vi­ous year.

There were an es­ti­mated 156‚089 in­ci­dents of home rob­bery‚ up from 151‚279 in the pre­vi­ous year.

Home rob­bery is clas­si­fied as a crime where there is con­tact be­tween the per­pe­tra­tors and one or more house­hold mem­bers. It is of­ten more vi­o­lent than house­break­ing where there is no con­tact be­tween the per­pe­tra­tor and vic­tims.

The sur­vey re­flected more than 1.5m in­ci­dents of crime be­ing ex­pe­ri­enced by house­holds in South Africa in 2017-18 – an in­crease from about 1.2m in­ci­dents recorded dur­ing the pre­vi­ous year.

The sur­vey said 1.6m in­di­vid­u­als were vic­tims of crime in 2017-18‚ of whom 74% ex­pe­ri­enced theft of per­sonal prop­erty‚ rob­bery or as­sault.

South Africans can­vassed be­lieved that crime‚ par­tic­u­larly prop­erty crime‚ had in­creased dur­ing the past three years.

The sur­vey found that 54.2% of South African house­holds were sat­is­fied with how po­lice dealt with crime‚ down from 57.3% the pre­vi­ous year.

The sur­vey found that as many as 74.3% of the house­holds in the coun­try were will­ing to wel­come a former pris­oner back in their com­mu­nity‚ and 79.6% would wel­come them back into their mosque or church. —

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