Crime stats worth knowing

2010-09-09 13:18

A wrap of the police crime statistics for 2009/2010, which were released today in Pretoria by Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa. </blurb>

Quick fact
» 46 of the top 50 criminals were arrested in the review period by the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations, otherwise known as The Hawks.

Down
There were:
» 16 834 reported murders, a decrease of 7.2% compared with the previous financial year. It’s the first time since 1995/1996 that this figure is below ­17 000.
There was a:
» 4.4% decrease in reported sexual offences (to 68 332 cases).
» 10.4% decrease in street robberies (to 64 670).
» 4.9% decrease in attempted murder cases (to 17 410).
» 6.8% decrease in cases of carjacking (to 13 902).
» 1.7% decrease in cases of truckjacking (1 412).
» 7.3% decrease in cash-in-transit robberies (to 358).

Up
» 110 police officers were murdered, compared with 107 previously.
There was a:
» 4% increase in reported burglaries at residential premises (to 256 577).
» 9.5% increase in commercial crime cases (84 842).
» 2.5% increase in burglaries at non-residential premises (71 773).
» 12.1 % increase in cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (to 62 939).
» 7.8% increase in stock theft cases (32 380).
» 3.5% increase in cases of the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition (to 14 542 cases).

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