Petros: Emphasis on people feeling safe

2012-11-07 15:52

Johannesburg - Police were working hard to make Gauteng citizens feel safe, provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said on Wednesday.

"Crime statistics are the tip of an iceberg.

"We are interested in people feeling safe in this province," Petros told reporters in Johannesburg during an overview of Gauteng crime statistics for 2011/2012.

Serious crimes such as murder, armed robbery, rape and hijacking had decreased compared to the previous financial year.

The Victims of Crimes Survey, compiled by Stats SA, indicated to the police why some of the victims did not report crimes and whether they felt safe in the province, said Petros.

The last survey was released in September.

Victims indicated that they wanted a quick response when they called for help, said Petros.

"We have improved services by introducing sector policing in the last two-and-a-half years and we also directed resources to areas... such as plots, where people are the most vulnerable."

According to the survey, 74% of men in Gauteng said they felt safe when walking in the street at night in 2011, compared to 23% in 2010.

At least 25% of women felt safe walking at night, compared to nine percent in 2010.

"These statistics are not determined by us, but by the surveyors who talk directly to the victims.

"This is significant, as we try to make everyone feel safe."

Rural safety campaigns had also been introduced in areas such as Muldersdrift and Midrand.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-07 16:00

    The ones not protecting Nkandla from an attack by the vicious DA, I presume?

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-11-07 16:31

      What survey is he talking about? Those are the most absurd statistics I have ever heard! What woman feels safe walking in Gauteng at night? I almost feel comfortable walking in Cape Town during the day, and night not at all. Yes, maybe one in four woman walking across bustling Neslon Mandela square in Sandton at night feels safe, but to project that average across Gauteng is ludicrous.

      mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-07 16:39

      Government stats are about as trustworthy as Zooma's speaches are off the cuff. Have yet to meet anybody in SA who says they even feel safe at home.

      arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-07 16:53

      This dude looks stoned.

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-11-07 16:57

      Allow homeowners to protect their family and property by whatever force necessary, get rid of the corrupt police officers, we all know there are a large number of them. Allow car owners to install lethal anti car jacking devices (I have a number of ideas in this regard), bring back the death penalty and don't allow more than one appeal, sentence to be carried out within 1 month of convition. Execute all murderers, all rapists. All armed robbers and all attempted rapists and attempted murderers should be given a minimum of 30 years. Once the law is changed, you can then concentrate on nailing your ANC buddies and others for fraud and corruption, any politican caught for corruption should get a heavier sentence than a businessman because he betrayed the voters, stole taxes and abused his privileged position. Make harsh laws and enforce those laws and people are less likely to offend.

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-11-07 16:00

    Dear Petros Can you please arrest the politicians that steal from us everyday. Thanking you in advance. Kala. Bafazi (not my real name)

      Eterni80 - 2012-11-07 16:19

      just imagine, there'd be more people behind bars than on the streets..

  • mariuskowie - 2012-11-07 16:08

    Just look at the reports just before this one: "14-year-old girl strangled after argument" "DNA links man to Pretoria murder - expert" "Petros: Drugs sold to primary schoolkids" "Pretoria cop held for gun negligence" Dear Petros. Do something that the events leading to this news does not happen and we will feel more safe.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-07 16:14

    Serious crimes such as murder, armed robbery,\r\nrape and hijacking had decreased compared to the previous financial year....I have a problem with this it feels like 2012 is the worst year ever when it comes to these serious crimes!!! People are being buried almost everyday due to the above!!!! It doesn't matter that you say it has decreased it still shocking to live like this!!!!

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-11-07 16:16

    Lietenant General !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      mark.haupt.31 - 2012-11-07 16:43

      Yeah, they're all at least Generals, maybe even have a couple of Field Marshals by now. After all we have a couple of royal families, a number of kings and in Zooma's case at least 4 queens - and that's not including him.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-07 16:17

    no tosser, not FEELING but BEING safe.

  • seanread.crisp - 2012-11-07 16:19

    Feel safe in Gauteng?? Ha! Good one!

  • sagin.verity - 2012-11-07 16:22

    Utter rubbish! I trust the saps as much as i trust zoomer. Not at all. remove the anc, elect a government that cares. A government that is not made up entirely of criminals, like the anc is, and then we have a chance at turning the tide on crime in south africa

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-11-07 16:26

    The best way to make them feel safe is to make them safe.....

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-11-07 16:27

    Its almost as if they are saying that an illusion of safety is their goal, as opposed to actually solving crimes and putting criminals away.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-07 16:36

    Absolute utter rubbish. We are not safer, we do not feel safer, 10111 doesn't work, and we are virtually left to our own devices. An absolute lie.

  • stef.fourie.7 - 2012-11-07 16:54

    Cannot feel safe as long as the anc is in power.

  • brent.goldwyer - 2012-11-07 17:50

    Feeling safe, being safe = two different things,

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-11-07 19:08

    I would dare him to send his wife or girlfriend to walk the streets where I live at night and see if they return home within an hour. I dont know where they suck their info or surveys from.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2012-11-07 20:29

    Im laughing at the oke in the pic just like he is laughing at the majority of people in this rotten country,we arnt all fools you jackass.

  • charles.gallacher.161 - 2012-11-07 21:42

    A pathetic attempt at justifying sub standard performance. These appointees will always 'look on the bright side of life' in attempts to create the illusion that they have a clue.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-08 06:27


  • brionyl.french - 2012-11-08 06:28

    You can start with the shoot to kill criminals law and real bullets in the cops guns.

  • julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-11-08 06:54

    Isn't this the same Petros who had the to policemen suspended/fired for "DARING" to pull Winnie Mandela's vehicle off the road for recless driving, but no charge against her and her moronic driver? Oops- sorry - I forgot - Winnie is untouchable and above the law like so many other ANC bigwigs - my late hubby used to refer to "them" as "royal game" who say and do as they like with impunity while we plebs at grassroots level are expected to bow and scrape to them on a daily basis... Someone else I know once said these ANC "lords of the universe" also think they crap gold bricks...

  • Swapie - 2012-11-08 07:18

    To feel safe and to be safe are two different things. I want to be safe, not just feel safe.

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