Ten things you need to know about crime

2012-09-21 00:00

The murder rate has dropped by 3,1% year on year. Research indicated that about 65% of murders started off as assaults resulting from interpersonal arguments, which were often further stimulated by alcohol and drug abuse.

The number of reported rape cases decreased by 1,9% “but it is still unacceptably high”, said Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. The number of sexual offences recorded in the past year was 64 514.

The decline in murders is 27,6% in the past eight years — from more than 18 000 to 15 609.

All seven categories of contact crimes have shown a decline. Murder, attempted murder, sexual offences, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, common assault, aggravated robbery, and common robbery account for almost 30% of serious crimes.

While crimes against women and children have decreased, Mthethwa said a trend had been identified “where young children are now being targeted and abused”.

Carjackings decreased by 11,9% year on year and by 38,9% in the past three years. Yet, Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said carjackings, business robberies and house robberies required “our immediate attention”.

Business robberies increased by 7,5% year on year. Business robberies increasingly target small businesses and businesses in townships.

House robberies were down by 1,9% year on year and 12,5% over three years.

Stock theft increased by 1,5% after a 8,2% decrease last year.

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol increased by 19% over three years.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros said an over-concentration of police in one province leads criminals to move to other provinces.

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