Na­tional crime rate wors­ens

• Safer Western Cape not able to off­set rise in North West, Free State

Business Day - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Laing

SA’s na­tional crime rate wors­ened due to sharp in­creases in the North West and Free State, Stats SA re­ported on Thurs­day. Stats SA seg­ments its an­nual Vic­tims of Crime re­port into two broad cat­e­gories: house­holds and in­di­vid­u­als.

SA’s na­tional crime rate wors­ened due to sharp in­creases in the North West and Free State, Stats SA re­ported on Thurs­day.

Stats SA seg­ments its an­nual Vic­tims of Crime re­port into two broad cat­e­gories: house­holds and in­di­vid­u­als.

The per­cent­age of SA house­holds that suf­fered bur­glar­ies, rob­beries and other crimes in this cat­e­gory rose to 7.5% in the 2018 re­port from 7.2% in 2017.

The per­cent­age of in­di­vid­u­als who were vic­tims of crime wors­ened to 3.7% from 3.5% the pre­vi­ous year.

A break­down of crime by prov­ince showed the Western Cape man­aged to re­duce crimes against in­di­vid­u­als by 24.4% and against house­holds by 1.7%.

But the na­tional aver­age saw crimes clas­si­fied as against house­holds in­crease 5.3% and against in­di­vid­u­als by 5%, led by what ap­pears to be crime sprees in the North West, fol­lowed by the Free State and Gaut­eng.

“Po­lice vis­i­bil­ity de­clined be­tween 2017 and 2018,” the re­port said.

“It is es­ti­mated that the pro­por­tion of South Africans who never saw a po­lice of­fi­cer in uni­form dur­ing the past 12 months in­creased by 6%.

“Po­lice vis­i­bil­ity was least in the East­ern Cape, where the per­cent­age of peo­ple who never saw a po­lice of­fi­cer in uni­form dur­ing the past 12 months is es­ti­mated to be 38%.”

Stats SA also found that the per­cent­age of South Africans who were sat­is­fied with po­lice re­sponse de­clined to 54.2% from 57.3% pre­vi­ously.

Of the types of crime Stats SA clas­si­fies un­der house­holds, more than half are bur­glar­ies, which are dif­fer­en­ti­ated from rob­beries in that they do not in­volve fam­ily mem­bers be­ing threat­ened or at­tacked.

“An es­ti­mated 832,122 in­ci­dences of house­break­ing oc­curred, which is a 7% in­crease com­pared to the pre­vi­ous year. An es­ti­mated 156,089 in­ci­dences of home rob­bery oc­curred, con­sti­tut­ing an in­crease of 3% from last year,” the re­port said.

Mur­der falls in the house­holds crimes cat­e­gory. “It is es­ti­mated that 16,809 in­ci­dences of mur­der oc­curred in 2018, which is an in­crease of about 4% from the pre­vi­ous year.”

Ac­cord­ing to Stats SA, rob­bery away from home de­creased 5%, sex­ual of­fences were down 61%, but as­sault in­creased by 12% from the pre­vi­ous year.

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