Gauteng SA's robbery hotspot

2009-10-09 08:39

Pretoria - People in Gauteng have twice as much chance of being the victim of a house robbery than those in other parts of the country.

This is according to Gareth Newham, a community safety adviser in the Gauteng legislature.

Newham was speaking at a seminar concerning the latest crime statistics at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria on Thursday.

However, a senior researcher at the ISS, Dr Johan Burger, discouraged people from leaving South Africa.

"If people want to emigrate, they should rather go to other provinces where home robberies are less common. Don't leave the country."

Safest province

According to him, the safest province is the Northern Cape, followed by the Free State and Limpopo.

Nkoshilo Seimela of the police's research and statistics unit said that according to the top 20 police stations where the most home robberies are reported, 13 are in Gauteng, five in KwaZulu-Natal, one in North West and one in the Eastern Cape.

Six of the top 10 police stations are in Gauteng (Sandton, Honeydew, Wierdabrug, Midrand, Douglasdale and Booysens) and four in KwaZulu-Natal.

Newham said the latest crime statistics show that, between April 1 2008 and March 31 2009, there were 140 home robberies per day.

"Firearms were also the most common choice of weapon used in the criminal activity, also in vehicle hijackings, cash-in-transit heists and business robberies.

"And criminals won't stop until they are caught, since that's their livelihood," said Newham.

House robberies up in all provinces

Burger warned that, unless a method is found to curb home robberies, vehicle hijackings and business robberies, these crimes will continue to increase.

"It makes an impact on people's lives, on deciding whether to should stay in the country or move, and also whether they should buy property here. It also has a psychological impact on people's lives."

He said the number of house robberies have increased in all nine provinces. The only decrease was in hijackings in the Northern Cape and North West.

  • desmond - 2009-10-09 08:47

    Is it not so wonderful to live in Gauteng? I love the smell of fresh AK47's in the morning..
    Everybody in Jhb lives in fear, every day people are getting robbed, hi-jacked, raped, who wants to bring up children here? We know now we cant stop it, what do we have for protection? Police take too long, Security companies respond too late, gun laws prevent a man from protecting his family, Please tell us what to do, people are leaving this country daily, poor south africa, its was good while it lasted.

  • donorfatigued - 2009-10-09 08:55

    With 140 opportunities to be shot by criminals in your own home, that means that there are also 140 chances for homeowners to resist and take out the thugs - if they were all armed, ready and willing. Meanwhile the ANC is desperately trying to remove all civilian legal guns while doing nothing about the illegal ones in criminal hands!

  • Maxidor - 2009-10-09 08:57

    If you look at your home like a criminal’s does, you will learn much that can help you identify weak areas in your family’s security setup.

  • Caine - 2009-10-09 08:58

    You mean criminals won't stop before they KILLED! Go Zuma!

  • TD - 2009-10-09 09:17

    This is the biggest load of rubbish compiled ever! I have lived in Gauteng for 13 years and got robbed once (Kensington/Jhb), I have moved to White River, Mpumalanga two years ago, and clocking 9 (YES 9)robberies in this (Mpumalanga Province). Obviously there is some hick up in the statistics. Check again please. If there is one crime beriddled No 1 province then it is Mpumalanga. Sorry, I cannot agree at ALL with the statements put together by the authors, purely by EXPERIENCING crime in Mpumalanga first hand, and I am not the only one, there are loads of people I know who are being affected far worse here by crime than in Gauteng, many of them choosing to rather return to Gauteng, and not remaining here. I myself (single mother and soft target) have chosen to immigrate at the end of the year. Dont know where you get your statistics from - but they are rigged, most definetly.

  • Ithaa - 2009-10-09 09:25

    So don't immigrate but move to another province until the criminals move there too...durrr. It's ridiculous that we have to live like this.

  • Dv - 2009-10-09 09:43

    Police must shoot to kill - only language criminals understand. I also back JZ here.

  • Linda - 2009-10-09 09:49

    The only reason Gauteng appears to have more robberies is because there are way more people living in Gauteng!More house to rob and more people doing the robbing.Of course N Cape is the lowest, there are like 5 people there and they are not as "well off" as people in "Sandton, Honeydew, Wierdabrug, Midrand, Douglasdale and Booysens". You will get robbed in what ever country you are in, either by criminals or the government, deal with it!

  • DG - 2009-10-09 09:53

    TD, it depends if they calculate the stats per capita or per case reported. If it is the latter one, Gauteng will be the highest because a third of SA life here...

  • e - 2009-10-09 09:56

    if i cud find another job i would move to another province. unfortunately life is not that easy. i like the solutions that thet come up with. so practical. Not. Joburg is saturated with everything.

  • ITS A CRYING SHAME jason - 2009-10-09 09:56

    140 robbies per day; 40 deaths per day via motor vehicle deaths; every hour a person commits suicide in SA>>> we are a constant country in MOURNING!! WHO CAN RELAX AND ENJOY LIFE??? HELP ZUMA HELP HELP HELP WE ARE DYING!!!

  • Tony - 2009-10-09 09:59

    It appears the Western Cape is immune or is it that they were just forgotten?

  • Thato - 2009-10-09 10:01

    We are trapped in our own backyards and we've becum prisoners in our own bedrooms....
    I don't think it matters where you go, crime is everywhere...
    A friend of mine living in a secure complex got his car broken into....criminals get what they want, whether you like it or not...

  • Spiderman - 2009-10-09 10:03

    Sorry, but I don't agree with his findings.

    Police stations in Northern Cape, Free State and Limpopo are so few that victims cannot get there to report crime!

  • live or die - 2009-10-09 10:11

    In the old regime one had to hide, but you lived.In the current regime, one does not have to hide, but cannot live.Take all safety away from the fat cats & I would love to see what will happen.They will be hiding for ever. This will suit the country better coz they are the ones stealing the food from the hungry.Poor Zuma, his comrades are not listening to him as he has thought they would.Who cares? He will soon have a country without comrades who mean something, to rule.

  • Pop Idol - 2009-10-09 10:12

    @desmond,10/9/2009 8:47:08 AM:::SA was good while it lasted? Who are u to talk? Sound like a typical white dude that grew up during apartheid SA..Lastly, just look at all these white crooks lurking around.

  • cindy @ TD - 2009-10-09 10:13

    *sigh* did you take into consideration the FACT that Gauteng has a much larger population than Mpumalanga?

  • Craig - 2009-10-09 10:18

    I lived in White River for 2 years. Had 1 attempted break-in. 2 Friends in the same area both had break-ins. The 1 occurred while they were in the house and the robbers were extremely aggressive. I never felt safe in Mpumalanga.

  • Spot@TD - 2009-10-09 10:27

    I agree with you. e got broken into again the other night while in the house. The police were reluctant to give us a case number or even investigate it - obviously goes into the stats then! After a period of insisting we were given a case number for "insurance purposes" The other scary thing was that in the third week of the month, the case number (related to house break-ins) was already over 1000 for the month!!!

  • OneDayIPromise - 2009-10-09 10:32

    There will be a backlash. It's coming.

  • Richard - 2009-10-09 10:37

    And you call this news.Any member of society in Gauteng could have told you this without the statistics

  • Therk - 2009-10-09 10:45

    Stop talking so negatively about our province. This is a free country where it is more legal to commit crime than to to prevent it. It is the criminal's constitutional right to rob. Whilst it is a felony to defend yourself. What other country offers such opportunities to criminals? Viva RSA!

  • Sifiso - 2009-10-09 10:45

    "I love the smell of fresh AK47's in the morning.."

  • MK - 2009-10-09 10:54

    I lived in cape town 10 years and jhb 5 years i have never ever been robbed.

  • lamhir - 2009-10-09 11:36

    We have the right to protect our property and our lives and our family. You do what you have to. If criminals take you on, you need to take the law on. The law is there to protect and be challenged. The more you pay to your local councils, the more legal action you should be taking against them. you have the right to be protected as a citizen you are paying for that service and if local government and city councils cannot do their jobs and if you have been invaded by thugs. You have the legal right to sue the very same councils and local governments for not delivering on services, in this case the service to protect you. Never believe any statistics that the government tell you as it is all lies. Multiply all their stats by 10 and you will get the true result. Take action and sue your local councils and local government offices.

  • Graham - 2009-10-09 12:14

    Horrific. And I'm sure with competent and willing people at the helm we could get it right.

    Just don't judge people who leave because they can no longer wait. Most countries overseas are substantially safer.

  • Charl - 2009-10-09 12:29

    My neighbour had a robbery on Thursday morning where he was shot, his wife and daughter were raped and a laptop been stolen in Moreleta Pta! What right minded person can do such a sick thing...!??

  • Yo - 2009-10-09 12:54

    It's sad that people can just come into your house, and take what they want. Take things that you have worked hard for through out your life, they might even take your life as well. We've lived with this for so long, that it's everyday life, we're not surprised anymore. I will not live in fear, and believe me... if one day you attempt to rob me, please know that you will not leave in one piece! Where in your life do you get such people, too lazy to work for a living, no conscience, no remorse, selfish animals! May someone, someday show the same respect to you...

  • Adi - 2009-10-09 15:22

    To kill, or be killed, that is the question...

  • Kelly - 2009-10-09 16:14

    We live in fear everyday. Blame the new SA blame the old SA. Fact is crime is getting escalating and we are being forced one way or the other out of our beautiful country.

  • Cazee - 2009-10-09 16:17

    Gun laws need to be changed back to the way they were. We need to fight back and take control. The police can not do it alone.

  • Candy - 2009-10-09 16:22

    In SA we sleep with one eye open and two ears burning. I live in fear daily. Why? I have a right to live here and not have to move away for the safety of myself and family. Move to another province they say?!? Shoot to kill, the police have a right to defend themselves, and so do we. Give us back our rights to defend ourselves. Change back the gun laws.

  • appalled@Nam - 2009-10-10 14:12

    Dear fellow country men and women. The criminal stats of South Africa are a result of human greed and political ineffeciencies. Violence has always in some form or other been part of the South African way of life. Throughout the history of RSA we come across incidents whether domestic or country wide whether in the name of the Lord/politics or race. The difference nowadays is that the intensity of the crime and the attached viciousness is at an unprecedented level. What is so appalling of our prevailing criminal climate is that we're raising a generation of youngsters who believe that a criminal act is condoned by the government and accepted by society. This problem is global but especially evident in RSA. The accompanying phychological damage to the victims,loss of property and the damage to the job market is incalculable. The new class of criminal in South Africa displays very worrisome tendencies such as emotional coldness, bloodlust, absence of remorse, absence of empathy, power addiction and stunted emotional growth. This bodes ill for RSA and any future economic growth the government might have hoped for. It is high time for our politicians to tackle the weakness in terms of tolerance of corruption, acceptance of violence, abusing of power, self enrichment to detriment of the greater good and a reluctance to instigate and adhere to change. I'm appalled at the immense lethargy of our so called leaders to tackle these complex criminal issues and seek to reduce crime and violence. What this means for the man and women on the street is that we live in fear, have no trust in a government to lead and guide us,we have no trust in the police and are becoming suspicious of strangers. We are after all all South Africans who share a common history, who share a common love for our country, who share a common desire for a better future. I'm deeply saddened and troubled. What kind of life and future are we allowing ourselves to be made part of?

  • Zan - 2009-10-11 23:48

    The level of crime in SA is shocking. Stats or no stats, it does not make a difference really. Crime can and does happen to everyone, black, white, indian & coloured. I think it is about time all good citizens of SA stand up againts crime. A population of 44 million; people commiting crime are just rotten apples. We have let ourselve become victims. There is this negative energy within good people, and I belive this negativity draws these criminals to us. It is like if you become the victime of crime once, then most likely it is going to happen again and again. I choose to be positive, and offer my services in anyway I can to fight crime in this beautiful country of mine. I vote for the death penalty.

  • @Linda - 2009-10-12 11:11

    Linda, these numbers are all relative to the number of people living in all provinces. You clearly do not know the Northern Cape and the wealth that you find there. Nor Gauteng for that matter - Booysens hardly classify as a wealthy area. Yes, all countries have crime, but none are so violent as ours. Read the news my girl; we are the second most violent country (not at war) in the world.

  • JohnnyBgood - 2009-10-12 20:12

    Stop complaining and take action, wake up, be aware, and nail the criminals every chance you get. There are far more non-criminals than criminals, get involved, it is up us to sort this out. You can't sit and wait for goverment they are busy with other things. There is no real safe place in SA, you have to operate on the criminals level when it comes to violence fight back with everything you have otherwise the crime will just get worse and worse the more scared we get and leave rather than fight for ourselves and our future generations.

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