Contact crimes down over the last 10 years - Nhleko

2015-09-29 10:37
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega (Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Cape Town - Police Minister Nathi Nhleko started releasing the latest crime statistics on Tuesday morning, mentioning at first that the number of contact crimes in the country had decreased by 17.8% over the last 10 years.

At the release of the crime statistics for the 2014/15 period, he also said the number of contact related crimes had decreased by 15.6% over 10 years.

Crimes against a person are referred to as contact crime, while contact related crime is used for violent crimes against property with the intention of causing damage to a person.

"Contact crimes are a social phenomenon and the matter that needs to be dealt with at multi-disciplinary levels," said Nhleko.

"To think we [just as the police] can resolve the murder in society is effectively a hallucination."

Property related crimes decreased by 2.3% over 10 years, while other serious crimes decreased by 7.6% over that same period, he said.

- Follow the Live Update of the release of the crime statistics here.

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