9 crime facts you may have missed

2015-10-04 16:57

1. South Africa’s murder rate is five times the world average. The world’s average rate is six people per 100 000. With 17 805 (an increase of 4.6%) murders in the past year, South Africa’s rate stands at 33 per 100 000 people – 5.5 times more than the global average. This was the third consecutive year in which the murder rate increased, with 49 people killed daily. 

2. Poor South Africans suffer the most. All 10 police stations that recorded the most murders over the past year were in townships. 

3. Children are not innocent. The statistics show that people younger than 17 were responsible for 800 crimes in the past year. In Gauteng, 49 murders were committed by children between the ages of 10 and 17. 

4. Armed robbery figures have jumped sky-high. Aggravated robbery, including hijackings, home and business robberies, reached a 10-year high. These rose by 8.5% over this past year, with 129 045 incidents. The biggest increases were in the Western Cape (18.6%), Limpopo (18.6%) and Gauteng (11.4%). 

5. House robberies have doubled in 10 years. There were 10 173 house robberies 10 years ago. In 2014/15, there were 20 281 cases, although house robberies declined by 2.3% over this past year. 

6. At least 237 drug mules were caught. National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday that 237 South African drug mules were caught overseas over this past year. She said South Africa was no longer just a transit point for drugs, but a manufacturing base. Drug abuse, she said, was one of the biggest causes of crime. 

7. Many police officers moonlight  as criminals. A total of 686 police officers were arrested for several crimes over this past year. Police Minister Nathi Nhleko said the SA Police Service was doing all it could to keep criminals out of the force. 

8. Police officers are targeted. Police are less safe than ever in South Africa, with 1 537 attacks on them recorded over this past year, and 86 officers murdered. Attacks on the police increased by 31% and police murders by 11%. 

9. There are fewer sexual   offences, but… Sexual-offence crimes declined by 5.4% over the past year and by 17.4% over the past five years. But experts were quick to warn that these stats did not necessarily show these crimes were reducing in number, because most sexual offences go unreported. Institute for Security Studies figures reveal that only one out of 13 rape victims report such crimes to the police.

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