Statistics: ‘data poor on sexual offences’

2011-09-09 00:00

THE SA Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) welcomed the crime statistics released by police Minister Nathi Mthethwa yesterday.

However, the ISS said the statistics do not reveal the grim reality of many serious and often hidden crimes such as domestic violence, child abuse, hate crimes and corruption.

The institutes said 70 to 80% of sexual crime perpetrators are known to the victims.

Spokesperson Gareth Newham said it is important that the SA Police Service further improve its method of collecting and reporting on these crime statistics.

He said if better data can be obtained about these crimes, they can be addressed more effectively.

“While murder has continued to decline since 1994, reductions in other interpersonal violent crime such as attempted murder and assaults are part of an ongoing trend that started in 2003.

“There are no simple reasons for the reduction in these types of crime … The reasons are most likely to be found in a careful analysis of local socio-economic factors,” said Newham.

SAIRR head Frans Cronje said the types of crime South Africans fear the most remain serious problems for the police.

He said by international standards SA remains a dangerous society.

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