Cape Town – The majority of some 2 million charges laid at police stations in the last year were reported by the community, as opposed to being detected by police, Parliament heard on Friday.
Around 1.7 million charges (83%) were serious crimes reported by South Africans between April 2015 and March this year, crime research and statistics head Major General Norman Sekhukhune told Parliament´s police portfolio committee.
Police detected the remaining 17%.
Contact crimes (crimes against a person) constituted the most charges, at 35.2%.
This was followed by property-related crimes (30.7%), other serious crimes (27%) and contact-related crimes (7%).
Contact-related crimes were arson and malicious damage to property cases.
Sekhukhune said the overall analysis depicted notable progress in reducing community-reported crimes.
He confirmed the statistics report was quality assessed by the technical working team, composed of Stats SA and police members.