The crime statistics have been released for the period 2015-2016, and were a mixed bag.
Various heads of the police outlined the situation to Parliament’s police portfolio committee today. Here’s what you need to know.
» Carjacking has increased by 14.3%. While this crime had increased in all provinces, theft out of motor vehicles had decreased. Carjacking was highest in heavily populated Gauteng.
» Residential robbery increased by 2.7% in the same period. Gauteng had the highest number of reported residential robberies, but saw a decrease.
The Western Cape, meanwhile, had a worrying 19.3% increase in robberies at home. Eastern Cape was not far behind with a 13.4% increase.
Robberies at non-residential premises increased by 2.8%, as did cash-in-transit robberies (up 15.1%).
» There has been a small decrease in the number of crimes detected as a result of police action.
These crimes were categorised as drug-related, driving under the influence of intoxicating substances, illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, and sexual offences.
» Sexual offences decreased by 3.2%. Sexual offences increased by 8.9% in the Northern Cape.
However, for seven of the nine provinces, the statistics showed a decrease in this crime.
They were Eastern Cape (down 4.6%), Free State (4.1%), Gauteng (4%), KwaZulu-Natal (1.5%), Mpumalanga (4.1%), North West (9.2%) and Western Cape (3.2%).
However, Limpopo was also up 1.3%.