40% believe crime has dropped - survey

2011-11-24 11:24

Johannesburg - More than 40% of households believed the level of violent and non-violent crime had decreased in their area of residence between 2008 and 2010, results of a survey released by Statistics SA on Thursday found.

Less than 35% said crime had increased, while about a quarter of the population believed crime had stayed the same.

Fifty three percent of households - more than half - perceived housebreaking and burglary to be one of the most common crimes, followed by home robbery (49.7%) and pick pocketing (28.5%).

Crimes perceived to be the most feared in the householder's area of residence were home robbery (50.4%), housebreaking (50.2%), street robbery (39.7%) and murder (34.1%).

Walking alone

In 2010 a third of households (33.3%) avoided going to open spaces alone because of their fear of crime, followed by only 22.2% of households who would not allow their children to move around unsupervised by an older person or play freely in their area.

Only 14.7% of households would not allow their children to walk to school alone.

Male-headed households were much more likely (54.1%) to feel safe when walking alone during the day than female-headed households (34.1%).

Households headed by white males (63.8%) tended to feel safer when walking alone during the day than males from other population groups.

More than 60% of households believed that property and violent crimes were likely to be committed by people from their area.

About 32% believed crimes were committed by people from other areas, while about seven percent thought that the perpetrators of crime in their neighbourhoods were people from outside South Africa.

Fifty seven percent of households thought criminals were motivated by real needs, rather than greed (45.9%) and non-financial motives (38.7%).

About 20% thought criminals were motivated by behavioural issues such as drug use.

About half of the households took physical measures to protect their homes, nearly a quarter took physical measures to protect their vehicles and 5.3% carried a weapon for protection.

Reducing crime

Two thirds (66%) of households believed social and/or economic development was the more effective way of reducing crime.

Twenty one percent of households said resources should be focused on law enforcement to combat crime, and only 13% felt that resources should be allocated to the judiciary and courts to reduce crime.

The vast majority (90.5%) knew where to take a victim of crime for medical help, while only 47% knew where to take someone for counselling and 16.7% knew where to find a shelter for a victim of domestic violence or abuse.

More than 70% of households would take a victim of crime to a hospital, trauma unit, or local clinic for medical help.

Only about three percent would go to a victim empowerment centre or traditional leader.

  • Elle-Black - 2011-11-24 11:30

    40% of people are clearly living in lal land and dont watch or read the news

      Kala - 2011-11-24 11:39

      Or have put up such security measures around their house that it appears more like a prison than a residence.

      procold2 - 2011-11-24 11:48

      ja elle, just look at the news this month alone on violent crime and what about the cases that dont get news coverage.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-24 11:56

      This is actually good news, thanks SAPS.

      Dirk - 2011-11-24 12:09

      The poll was done at an ANC meeting

      goyougoodthing - 2011-11-24 12:10

      Possibly the 40% are criminals themselves.

      Sithando - 2011-11-24 12:11

      The news have made you a ball of negative.

      brendan.beech - 2011-11-24 12:24

      @Polo - *yawn* sucker

      Deon - 2011-11-24 12:36

      60% disagree, misleading heading.

      brendan.beech - 2011-11-24 12:43

      @Polo - *yawn* *yawn* they're not doing much, my communist comrade okay, okay, sorry, i sincerely apologise; that's not entirely accurate… they ARE doing a lot. it's mostly illegal. but they're doing a lot. well spotted!

      Simon - 2011-11-24 12:44

      You guys are just suckers for bad news. Brain washed by the media who feed you propaganda and when something good actually happens you do not know what to do with yourselves. Sad how some here actually LOVE bad news

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 12:46

      @Poloyatonki because we know better ? We actually talk to each other and build relationships , not destroy and rape everything ! I can only think you are corrupt and sexist , how do you treat your woman ? Damn the Man , save South Africa !

      MWF - 2011-11-24 12:48

      Unless this survey was carried out in Poffadder, it's a complete joke. Crime perception in SA is very much on the RISE. I for one was not part of the survey, nor was anyone in my family or social network. So just who exactly did this info come from? Surveys on this nature need to be qualified, which ethnic groups, which age groups, what areas, etc??

      BA - 2011-11-24 12:50

      If a crime survey was included in the Census the figures would have been correct and completely different. Why the media publishes BS like this is amazing.

      Dank - 2011-11-24 13:34

      AH I get it, 40% (criminals) find that crime has dropped. Therefore 40% of the population that actually matters (to the government) don't get crimes committed against them, such as going to jail or paying a fine - they are entitled to it, to stop them would be a crime. Hunky-dory ohoh oh o I don't know ANYONE whom took part in this survey and I don't know any criminals either. (apart from my boss HAAHAH) So what does this say? This is like giving me an A on my report card because the level of education has been dropped down a well. Who do you think you are fooling? The guy behind the counter ain't worth it because he already does what you want. Whether you like it or not, crime is one of the main sources of income for the ANC. So don't worry guys, the more crime we have the richer our country(woops did I say country? I meant to say the corrupt organisation trying to bleed our country dry) will be, like that makes any sense? When an ANC member gets assassinated(which will happen in the near future and I'm not talking about a spilled drink, if not, we have truly proven our tolerance), crime stats will rise by 1000000%? Wait for them to start biting at each other, that's the only eventuality it could lead to since they are ground upon corruption. Regardless, the masses will still vote for them because that's what 80% of our population is drawn towards, cowards

      Gregory - 2011-11-24 13:38

      Poloyatonki - please share what it is you're on, so we can all dream

      Spyker - 2011-11-24 13:46

      STATS SA.., do you mean the same people who 'calculate' an inflation rate (viz CPI, etc) that is as irrelevant as the 'freedom charter' is in Orania..? You do not have to look much further than what is happening at institutions like AIMS (link below), note what the Law Society of SA said about illiterate graduates, etc, to figure (hint, hint, wink, wink) out what is going WRONG (hint, hint, wink, wink) here...

      Dank - 2011-11-24 14:00

      @Spyker_May, that's like asking a bunch of donkeys to bark in melodic unison

      sean.looney - 2011-11-24 15:01

      @elle those people aren't living in a lala land as you say because statistically crime in south africa is falling. as for watching and reading the news, you should know better than that. when does the media in south africa ever report anything good? the media is only focussed on selling papers/advertising space. negative headlines make for far more salacious reading than good headlines.

      Dank - 2011-11-24 15:25

      @sean.looney, yes well according to that we could just print more money and all be rich. Have you heard about Zimbabwe? Just because there are more people to go around doesn't mean there's less crime. And tomorrow's headline reads: Poverty drops 40%? or was that, half the population just died?

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 17:53

      @Spyker_May at the risk of making this a race thing , I wonder if the position is BEE or AA ? That would make sense why they can't find a candidate ! Damn the national Hypocrisy and Racism , save the Honest , hardworking South African in the rainbow nation.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 17:58

      @Simon we don't love bad news but if we know whats happening then we can change it, would you prefer to only get good news ? What would that help ? If all the South African citizens openly fight crime we stand a chance and the only way to do that is by knowing what's going on and talking about it ! Go stick your head in the sand , that might make you feel better ! Damn the apathy in South Africa , save the rainbow nation from crime !

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 17:59

      @sean.looney so according to you we shouldn't read bad news only good news ! What will that do ? The more we focus on a problem , the more people who actively fight crime , the better ! Not a typical government response, to hide crime ? All we want is transparency , it doesn't matter about the crime it needs to be in the open , everyone must here about every crime , then we can tackle it. But if its hidden away , stats will be doctored , corruption will increase and the poor will suffer the most ! It will only get uglier before it gets better , not the other way around ! Every crime must be published and the criminal dealt with according to the severity of the crime. Damn the cANCer opaqueness , create some transparency !

      Denise - 2011-11-24 20:13

      On the whole, we have authorities who do not seem to know what they are doing, except mess around with statistics, churning out wrong information to a gullible public that will believe anything simply because it comes from the state or a state department. It is easy for the police to simply avoid recording a range of crimes. The easiest way for the police to reduce the crime rate is simply to do nothing but record only those crimes where a case number is absolutely mandatory, such as cases involving deaths or insured property. Clearly, crime stats, as reported to the public, do not reflect reality and they certainly do not reflect police performance. This clearly demonstrates that no matter what the police do, no matter how many uniforms flood the streets, they cannot reduce crime, viz. reported or recorded and unreported or unrecorded crimes. SOUTH AFRICA IS #1 IN THE WORLD... Nation Master crime stats show that combining the deaths by murder and by manslaughter, the actual deaths are 118 a day average. That is more than 43,000 a year.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 21:15

      @Denise thank you.

  • Xclusivdj - 2011-11-24 11:31

    You gotta be kidding me, 40% believe this crap???? should have been 0.7%

      Kala - 2011-11-24 11:40

      Most of the survey was probably conducted at ANC MP's homes.

      Brian - 2011-11-24 11:40

      You must remember this is ANC maths at it's best, the other 99% believe otherwise....

  • Transkie Sun - 2011-11-24 11:33


      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-24 11:51

      This is actually good news, give credit to SAPS and ANC gov for protecting the citizens.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 12:14

      @Poloyatonki if there is a crime drop why not give us the actual crime figure not a survey from citizens kept in the dark ? The cANCer have their hooks deep into you !

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-24 12:37

      jody.beggs... I my township mob justice has everything under control.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 12:48

      @Poloyatonki so why did you comment on the SAPS hard work if you don't bother to use them ? Dude you are such a troll ? Damn Poloyatonki , save South Africa !

      Colin - 2011-11-24 13:36

      think we should start using mob justice in the suburbs also, police aren't helping, why don't you volunteer to come and steal something polidonky then we can have a test run on you

      Spyker - 2011-11-24 13:42

      Polodonkiebrain.., Pitty that the 1st Grade education, you share with Julius Malema and Jacob Zuma, is not "...under control...", it is actually just 'under'...

  • Ulvenkai - 2011-11-24 11:34

    Sorry... what?! You've GOT to be kidding me. Talk about having the wool pulled over your eyes.

      En - 2011-11-24 11:56

      This survey asked people how they feel about crime in THEIR area. Is that so damn hard to understand? If I feel safer living in my neighborhood, must I now lie about it to make ULVENKAI from News24 feel better about him/herself? There is no wool, there are no eyes, just people answering a survey....get over it.

      Peter - 2011-11-24 12:13

      A flawed corrupt survey yes, keep quiet man, you reflect bad on your race!

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 12:17

      @En Gineer are you actually being serious. This is propaganda plain and simple , people who don't know better will believe this ! Give us actual crime stats and then lets talk ! Damn the cANCer , save South Africa.

      En - 2011-11-24 12:33

      @Jody. They gave crime stats two months ago, no one believe them. They give you this, no one believes them. Whatever they give you, you wont believe them. So there's no point. Statistics SA is not the police, and it's not their job to release crime stats. They're just doing a simple survey. When Dr Burger from the ISS (independent analysts) claimed that crime is indeed on the decline, naysayers were nowhere to be seen. If you believe that every single street, in every suburb, in every town/city in this country is experiencing a rise in crime, then you're just as delusional as the you claim I am. There are still areas with relatively low crime levels, good police visibility, and good community awareness about their area....e,g Rosebank, Johannesburg.

      Kala - 2011-11-24 12:39

      En Gineer - You're right to a certain degree. It's about perceptions people have about the crime in their area. So if the survey was done where houses look more like prisons and the ppeople don't go out after dark and have three armed security guards sitting at the gate, the yes I suppose they will feel safer. But it won't be because the government has done anything about it.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 12:52

      @Kala good point.

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 12:53

      @En Gineer as far as I know only the Western Cape run by the DA have given crime stats that are accurate ! In Gauteng , Natal , and Eastern Cape haven't released detailed report in years ! So come on where does your loyalty stand , for corruption , crime , murder or the truth ? Or are you just another troll ? Damn the man , Save South Africa from crime !

      BA - 2011-11-24 13:00

      EnGineer did you buy your engineering qualifications on Ebay? Everyone with common sense knows that you first explain the methodology used in a survey before you present the statistical results. These figures have no merit. You obviously a wannabe engineer!

      En - 2011-11-24 13:13

      KALA - Well Sandton, Johannesburg has been at the top 3 suburbs for home invasions/house robberies for a number of years now. So people who can afford high walls, private security and electric fences wont necessarily feel safe, because they tend to be more lucrative targets. No one in my street, and maybe one or two in my entire suburb have electric fences. There are no 10 m high walls, and no security guards at people's front gates. I've had 1 burglary in over 12 years. So my point is, extreme measures that people go to in order to feel safe, aren't guaranteed.

      En - 2011-11-24 13:19

      JODY - "In Gauteng , Natal , and Eastern Cape haven't released detailed report in years". If you're going to lie, please make it believable. Give me the name of any suburb in any of those provinces, and I'll post their crime stats for you (whether you believe them or not, is up to you). BA - You're obviously a wanna be smart ass, because it wouldn't make good reading if the reporter posted every single bit of information regarding these statistics. The reporter is just mentioning the main conclusions, not the methods involved. Would you personally want to read a 3 page introduction, before reading the results? You also don't know what the reporter left out from the Stats SA report, in order to shorten their article. So please.

      BA - 2011-11-24 13:25

      @WannabeEngineer: So why is there not a link to the full report. You bit of an idiot hey?

      En - 2011-11-24 13:35

      @BA....Another News24 article "Bribery widespread, Stats SA survey finds -". There is no link to that report either. Is it now safe to say that bribery is NOT widespread and Stats SA is talking crap, because there is no link to the original report? Please don't ask me useless questions that you quickly formulated just to have some form of "comeback". Ask the person who compiled this story why he/she never put a link. And what's worse is that you're assuming that there is a link. What if Stats SA takes a week to update their site? Please go sit down, and stop being irritating...

      jody.beggs - 2011-11-24 15:53

      @En Gineer I can only think your a loyal cANCer supporter. Have you profited from crime that your defending it so admirably ? Good on you stand up for what you believe in but before you comment pull your head out of your ar$e and save yourself some embarrassment ? Damn South Africa Political Propaganda , save the honest Politician !

      Denise - 2011-11-24 20:50

      Crime and murder is rampant in South Africa. Even more worrisome is the violence that accompanies most of these crime.!/album.php?aid=16515&id=116298045063416 These gruesome truth in pictures show clearly what we in South Africa face on a daily basis. Please share this with all your contacts and especially your politicians. The people of South Africa are in trouble and we need assistance as the current regime simply have failed in their duties.

  • adamtross - 2011-11-24 11:35

    ...And in other news...40% of people have been living underneath a rock.

      Snoopy.zn - 2011-11-24 12:22

      I Love it! Totally made me laugh!

      adamtross - 2011-11-24 14:01

      You're welcome Snoop-a-loop!

  • pieterla - 2011-11-24 11:35

    A survey is like stats, it is open for interpretation by whoever reads it. How long is piece of string?

      Brian - 2011-11-24 11:43

      Double the distance from one end to it's centre.

  • rheinhardt.peens - 2011-11-24 11:36

    40% uninformed,uneducated maybe...

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-24 11:53

      Normally surveys are done in suburbs, where the informed and the educated lives.

      Lynn - 2011-11-24 12:03

      I live in the suburbs and this is not true.

      Lynn - 2011-11-24 12:06

      In the area where I stay there are a number of cul de sacs and most of the people in them are tying to have them privatised. The idea is to erect gates at the top and install electric fencing on the outer walls. We do not even go for walks in our area anymore because the police are often posting warnings in our local paper that it is not safe to do so.

      Sithando - 2011-11-24 12:14

      Art I live in South Africa,Poloyatonki is jerking the truth.

  • Samuel - 2011-11-24 11:37

    Interesting stats, dont believe them, think alot more people are scared out there. reports also indicate that there has been an increase in organised crime, and crimes performed by white males. Dont know if thats true either.

  • Johnny - 2011-11-24 11:38

    60% did not believe that crime went down......

  • Robert Lance - 2011-11-24 11:41

    Wonder what they gave them to smoke before they did the survey? Must be some good stuff.

      Peter - 2011-11-24 12:13

      Must be Hydro indoor stuff lol

  • James - 2011-11-24 11:42

    Our own household break in stats: 2006: 0 2007: 1 2008: 2 2009: 0 2010: 2 2011: 3 I don't see the trend.

      bronwyngrobler - 2011-11-24 13:35

      I think you seriously need to move!

  • Johann - 2011-11-24 11:42

    May be because rape,theft,murder is now a national sport and not a crime.

  • Andrew - 2011-11-24 11:43

    Where do they collect these statistics? Possibly in the Bryntirion Government Estate? In the area where we stay every household has erected physical barriers and electic fences not to mention road closures. Except in the case of violent crimes agree most criminals are motivated by real needs. More focus needs to be placed on prevention with honest & dedicated police.

  • NeoAcheron - 2011-11-24 11:44

    40% of the population asked was probably ANC...

  • Big_guy - 2011-11-24 11:45

    60% of stats are made up on the spot..

  • Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2011-11-24 11:45

    "More than 40% of households believed the level of violent and non-violent crime had decreased in THEIR area of residence" Clearly a lot of commentators here don't bother reading the articles. This is how the people are feeling in THEIR area of residence. If I feel a bit safer in MY neighbourhood than I did 3 years ago, who are you to come and tell me that I'm living under a rock? Feeling safe could be as a result of many factors. Perhaps in the past 3 years there's been a lot of arrests in THOSE neighbourhoods, or maybe there's visible policing by both SAPS and armed security companies. If you don't feel safer in yours then it doesn't mean I'm experiencing the same thing.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-24 11:58

      I agree.

      Peter - 2011-11-24 12:27

      ahh couldnt take the truth ahhhh shame, get back to work and stop wasting data!

      Ashley - 2011-11-25 04:10

      @ Peter - you are obviously a retard that's trying to force your beliefs onto others. I feel safe in my area, and maybe you don't. What have you done to piss people off so badly that you don't feel safe?

  • Marion - 2011-11-24 11:46

    I believe there has been a major crackdown on crime and criminals but I don't think that necessarily means that the amount of crime has decreased. Me and mine have been blessed in that, while we may have been hijacked at gunpoint and our homes robbed etc.,) we have not been victims of any seriously violent crime. Nothing has happened to any of us that insurance couldn't fix.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-24 11:59

      Do you have any work to do? You are on news24 day & nite.

      davieoosie - 2011-11-24 12:12

      Now how whould you know that, Poloyatonki? Great work SAPS, but crime is not at the levels it should be.

      Flowingriver - 2011-11-24 12:15

      I agree ....surfing news24 forms part of Marions daily work out routine.....sure looks the part!

      Mike - 2011-11-24 12:32

      You go for it Marion!

      jc.smit - 2011-11-24 12:33

      Wow, that is a horrible attitude to have, you've been hijacked at gunpoint and your house has been robbed? But that is okay... How is that okay... It just shows what we as South Africans have become use to, aslong as we're not dead/raped it's okay... Being held at gunpoint isn't voilent? How does insurance fix the fact your house was violated, a place where you should feel safe?

      davieoosie - 2011-11-24 12:37

      No, I don't believe the stats.

      Johann - 2011-11-24 13:00

      What has your life style got to do with Poloy?

      Kala - 2011-11-24 13:13

      @jc.smit - Excellent point. It just goes to show how we have accepted all this bull as part of our lives. Keep posting Marion but don't become desensitised to the world around you.

      Juicecard - 2011-11-24 15:09

      @ poly, don`t be too hard on the poor lady!Her world should be pretty boring.

      Marion - 2011-11-24 22:49

      @Polyfacelesswimp, @flowingriver, @juciecard... Even if I'm on News24 24/7 it is none of your business and you certainly don't need to read or comment on my comments if they bug you. Just keep giving them thumbs down. At least my time is my own. @jc.smit... I never said it was okay, I said we had been blessed, and I don't see why it is a horrible attitude to have when I say that insurance fixed what happened to us because that is fact. Purely because of the way in which these things have happened within my very large family/extended family, we were not left traumatised by those events unlike the many thousands who fall victim to the most barbaric criminals. We have not been victims of home invasion, rape, assault, murder, kidnapping etc., so never experienced the associated loss and trauma. Would you be happier if I pretended our worlds had fallen apart at the seams when nothing really serious happened to us? I have friends who have had home invasions etc., and I would never trivialise their experiences by trying to make out that what we went through was in the same league, because it wasn't.

  • En - 2011-11-24 11:51

    Of course people wont believe. South Africans have a phobia for good news. Independent analysts have been saying that crime is on the decrease for some time now. Of course there are spikes in crime, but the general trend is down. If you judge crime levels by what you read in the media (who are naturally going to publish the most gruesome stories they can find), then you're bound to never ever believe the above statistics.

      Ashley - 2011-11-25 04:17

      Why are you forever insulting En Gineer? Does he really bug you that much that you can't comment in an orderly fashion like a normal human being does? Maybe you the sheep here, or racist!

  • MrGuyT - 2011-11-24 11:54

    Must have been a very select survey !!!!!

  • FormulaSA - 2011-11-24 11:55

    Well, lets take the positive aspects of this research while acknowledging the negative - in other words a critical analysis. The positives are that more people believe that crime is decreasing than those who do not. While obviously one would have to read the study in depth to better understand the methdology, prima facie this is good news :) However, "only 47% knew where to take someone for counselling and 16.7% knew where to find a shelter for a victim of domestic violence or abuse." This indicates that as citizens we need to make the effort to educate ourselves and others on how we may help people who are in need of counselling and victims of domestic violence. We also may need to get involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns so that we are involved and are aware of who to contact in these instances.

  • Cecile - 2011-11-24 11:55

    I'd like to know WHAT size the sample was, and WHERE the research was conducted. i.e. which areas in Johannesburg. ANYTHING CAN BE PROVEN FROM ANY RESEARCH, DEPENDING ON WHO YOU ASK, AND HOW YOU CONDUCT YOUR SURVEY.

      FormulaSA - 2011-11-24 12:05

      Indeed, it is always good practice to read the research results yourself and analyse it critically before drawing conclusions: without knowing how the sample was obtained and the research methdology it is dangerous to draw conclusions. It is also dangerous to make inferences from our own point of reference, as we may have a skewed perception as we are in fact a sample of one ;) Perhaps you could read through the results for the commenter’s and give us some greater background into the sample and research methodology so that we are better able to understand the results of this research? The debate otherwise may tend toward a mudslinging match with people pointing fingers at others while none of us have made ourselves sufficiently acquainted with the facts first.

  • Tc - 2011-11-24 11:57

    Here is a case study on how statistics can be twisted and bent to hide the truth! Shame on the reporter!

  • Susan - 2011-11-24 11:58

    Were did they do that survey? I am still waiting for the sensus guys...

      Werner - 2011-11-24 12:08

      Didn't you mean senseless guys? :)

  • Gavin - 2011-11-24 11:59

    Who are these clowns who get these stats? they must be living somewhere far away because murder, rape and housebreaking is happening all the time and everyone knows someone who has been affected. just look at this,how sick must it get before they bring back the death penalty again and ridding our country of this scum "" this is just one of thousands happening daily.

  • Merle - 2011-11-24 12:00

    What a load of rubbish. What about rape is that not a crime? Do you homework more carefullY before you post rubbish like this.

  • Lynn - 2011-11-24 12:01

    40% of people would then be wrong. Who did they talk to to get these figures. They were clearly no from my area.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-11-24 12:09

    No info on sample size, population groups or income level of those who filled in the survey. Without those criteria any results are meaningless.

      Elle-Black - 2011-11-24 12:10

      @ TheWatcher i completely agree

  • Peter - 2011-11-24 12:11

    Yet another questionable survey! They cant be talking about SA!

  • Snoopy.zn - 2011-11-24 12:28

    Exactly which areas were surveyed????????????

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-24 12:39

      Your suburbs.

  • Deon - 2011-11-24 12:28

    The heading is wrong and should have been: 60% thinks crime has increased or stayed the same.

      Dean Kenad - 2011-11-24 13:41


  • atomasicchio - 2011-11-24 12:29

    What are these people living in a hole?!

  • ronzaled - 2011-11-24 12:38

    errrr; i think the 40% skipped me for some reason as i've just experienced crime a week ago; f*ken bastards

  • marisa.cronje - 2011-11-24 12:42

    ANC govt members are the worst criminals in this country

  • Simon - 2011-11-24 12:43

    You guys are just suckers for bad news. Brain washed by the media who feed you propaganda and when something good actually happens you do not know what to do with yourselves. Sad how some here actually LOVE bad news

  • Tish - 2011-11-24 12:45

    We have had 3 attempted break ins and 1 break in in 3 weeks, sorry doesn't make sense that crime has dropped

  • Hermann - 2011-11-24 12:47

    Is this the Thursday joke?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-11-24 12:55

      Lets call this thursday a "White Thursday"

      davieoosie - 2011-11-24 13:45

      Hey, white is my colour, you may not use it! Damn racist!

  • Johan - 2011-11-24 12:57

    So 40% think crime is down. How nice. Why doesn't the headline read that 60% thinks crime is up?

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2011-11-24 13:43

      Because it's not 60%, it's 35%. The remaining 25% feel that it's the same. There are real comprehension problems here. Here's what the article says: "Less than 35% said crime had increased, while about a quarter of the population believed crime had stayed the same." And you go and thumbsuck 60%.

      Juicecard - 2011-11-24 15:13

      @gwabe,only an idiot can thump u down

  • Pieter - 2011-11-24 12:58

    LOL. u all understand the survey wrong! Our own president is a fraudist and a if crime rises thats "good" news.u have to think like the anc to understand this!

  • Sledge - 2011-11-24 12:59

    Who the Fu*k did you interview - The guys in Pollsmoor ?

  • Vince.York - 2011-11-24 12:59

    PERCEPTIONS:??? In Gauteng security staff advised me that 5 murders happened within a kilometer range of where I was not even a month ago and where I currently am visiting on the coast there is apparently a 600% PLUS spike in crime including violent crime and rape and robberies.

  • Bernard - 2011-11-24 13:03

    This so soon after the media is shut up??? Guess now we'll never know... from the press and the CSIR anyway, we will all still know however by living life each day that this is the BIGGEST CROCK they are trying to feed us thufar!!! Wonder how they plan to cover up the real world?

  • Johnny - 2011-11-24 13:18

    This in just from today:

      Nitesh - 2011-11-24 16:56

      as an indian born in sa, i didn't fear this crap in the past....

      tristan.kilian - 2011-11-24 17:07

      If you look for the negative you can find it everywhere. But the same can be said for the positive.

  • Spyker - 2011-11-24 13:35

    STATS SA.., do you mean the same people who 'calculate' an inflation rate (viz CPIX, etc) that is as irrelevant as the 'freedom charter' is in Orania..? You do not have to look much further than what is happening at institutions like AIMS (link below), note what the Law Society of SA said about illiterate graduates, etc, to figure (hint, hint, wink, wink) out what is going WRONG (hint, hint, wink, wink) here...

  • Gregory - 2011-11-24 13:39

    Simon - you call this GOOD news! Eish

  • Gavin - 2011-11-24 13:49

    Would you like some roses to go with this BS ?

  • stephen.tatton1 - 2011-11-24 14:14

    whilst there is any % besides 0 when it comes to crime its sad... so the fact that all the figures of crime are double digits is bad news!!!

  • adamtross - 2011-11-24 14:19

    Guys wearing scarves in Summer is a crime.

  • John - 2011-11-24 14:28

    I want to know where they get these figures from!! I am sick and tired of being treated like a naive idiot. This is becoming frighteningly close to Castro's Cuba, Stalin's Russia, Mao's China. ANC'S RSA?

  • Samantha - 2011-11-24 15:53

    (snort) yeah sure, and i'm the easter bunny- what a load of dribble- if anything, its risen, drastically

  • Meyer.Barry - 2011-11-24 16:15

    Well what your actually saying is that 60% of people believe crime has either stayed the same or has increased! Don't Sugar coat it!