Dissecting the crime stats

2011-09-08 12:54

While contact crime has decreased in general – with a 6.5% drop in the murder rate – the number of reported rapes have increased from 55 079 to 56 272 in the financial year 2010/2011.

“We cannot seriously say we are winning the war against rape,” police minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the annual release of the crime statistics in Pretoria today.

He said the reintroduction of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units over the past financial year will help to address these crimes more effectively in future.

The statistics released today revealed that crime in general has decreased by 6.9%.Some significant decreases include:

» Hijackings are down by 23.6%.

» Attempted murder is down by 12.2%.

» Robbery with aggravating circumstances decreased by 12%.

» House robberies decreased by 4.8%. Mthethwa announced business robberies have increased by 0.9%, with small businesses the hardest hit.

Police have also increased their arrests in drunken driving cases and drug-related crimes. Both have showed a significant increase:

» Drug-related arrests increased by 10.2%.

» Drunken driving arrests increased by 10.6%.“Improving the police response is an objective that remains a priority for the department.

Critically, focus must be placed on mobilising society to make life difficult for criminals in our midst,” Mthethwa said. 

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