Housebreaking tops household crimes in SA
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. —