Who are the victims?

2014-02-07 00:00

WHITE divorcees between the ages of 25 and 34 who own a business are most likely to be victims of house break-ins, and people of Indian or Asian descent between the ages of 45 and 54 who are divorced and living with more than five family members are most likely to fall victim to house robberies.

This is according to the results of the Victims of Crime survey, announced by statistician-general Pali Lehohla in Pretoria yesterday. Get married and stay married, was Lehohla’s tongue-in-cheek advice for avoiding these crimes.

On a serious note, he said a lot of work went into analysing the patterns of crime and that Stats SA worked closely with the police to conduct the survey.

In 2011, 49% of burglars entered homes by smashing down doors, 35% entered through windows, five percent duplicated keys and four percent gained entry through the garage, the survey found.

Interestingly, the research also found that victims of house robberies who did not resist were more likely to get injured during the incident. Only 20,7% of those who resisted got injured, and 46,5% of those who did not resist suffered the same fate.

Another interesting insight into house break-ins was that 49% of victims knew the perpetrators involved by name or face.

About 7,8% of the households surveyed experienced break-ins twice and eight percent experienced robberies twice. Another 3,5% experienced break-ins three times and 2,2% were robbed at home on three occasions between 2010 and 2011.

Gauteng had the highest number of house break-ins in 2011 — with 194 000 of 731 000 reported cases — followed by KwaZulu-Natal (147 000), Western Cape (93 000), the Eastern Cape (85 000), Mpumalanga (60 000), Limpopo (56 000), North West (43 000), the Free State (40 000) and the Northern Cape (13 000).

But the Western Cape had the highest rate of house break-ins, with 1 606 per 100 000 people living there falling victim to the crime.

The eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality had the highest number of house break-ins in the country among metros with 11,8%, followed by Tshwane (6,8%), Nelson Mandela Metro (6,1%), Ekurhuleni at 5,8% and Cape Town with 5,5%.

According to the survey, Mpumalanga had the highest rate of house robberies — with 427 out of 100 000 people in the province falling victim to house robberies, followed by Limpopo (427) and Gauteng (426).

People living in urban areas were most likely to fall victim to house break-ins and robberies with a 6,7% chance, followed by semi-urban areas at 6,6%. The risk was lowest in rural areas with 5,1%.

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