CrimeStats in a nutshell: South Africa’s murder rate up by 1.8%

South Africa’s crime stats for the 2016/2017 were released on Tuesday. According to the stats, “approximately 2.1 million serious crime counts were recorded, of which 1 738 980 were community-reported serious crimes.”

In this time period, 19 016 murder cases were reported, the highest in 10 years. Carjacking also continues to increase massively, as does cash in transit heists.

Crimes that saw a decrease

Contact-related crime decreased by 3.3% in 2016/2017, following upon a decrease of 0.8% during the preceding financial year and an increase of 1.9% recorded during ‪2014/20015‬. However, this is somewhat misleading as murder falls in this category and has seen an increase – see below
Assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm decreased by 6.7%
Property-related crime experienced a decrease of 0.5% in 2016/2017. This follows upon decreases of 1.8% and 0.8% respectively during the two preceding financial years.
Other serious crimes decreased by 2.0% in 2016/2017, following upon decreases of 4.1% in 2015/2016 and 2.2% during 2014/2015.
4% drop in the number of rapes reported to police in 2016/2017 compared to previous year – note that is reported, and does not mean the act has decreased
Arson decreased by 11.9%
Crimes that have increased

Murder is up by 1.8% attempted murder up 0.4%, aggravated robbery up 6.4%
0.9% increase in the number of sexual assaults reported to police in 2016/2017
Hijackings have increased by 14.5%
Robbery at residential premises is also at its highest in 10 years with 22 343 reported cases, an increase of 7.3% this year.
Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 6.4% – also the highest it has been in a decade
Cash in transit robberies increased by 10.9%

Biggest increase to biggest decrease in crimes 2017

Type of crime 2016 2017 Change
Carjacking 14 602 16 717 +14.48%
Drug-related crime 259 165 292 689 +12.94%
Robbery of cash in transit 137 152 +10.95%
Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition 14 772 16 134 +9.22%
Stock-theft 24 715 26 902 +8.85%
Robbery at residential premises 20 820  22 343 +7.32%
Robbery with aggravating circumstances 132 527 140 956 +6.36%
Sexual offences discovered as result of police action 5 830 6 164 +5.63%
Commercial crime 69 917  73 550 +5.20%
Robbery at non-residential premises 19 698 20 680 +4.99%
Murder 18 673 19 016 +1.84%
Burglary at non-residential premises 75 008 75 618 +0.81%
Attempted murder 18 127 18 205 +0.43%
Truck hijacking 1 184 1 183 -0.08%
Theft out of or from motor vehicle 139 386  138 172 -0.87%
Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle 53 809 53 307 -0.93%
Common robbery 54 110 53 418 -1.28%
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs 76 159  75 034 -1.48%
Burglary at residential premises 250 606 246 654 -1.58%
Shoplifting 68 786  67 454 -1.94%
Malicious injury to property 119 901 116 409 -2.91%
All theft not mentioned elsewhere 340 372  328 272 -3.55%
Common assault 164 958 156 450 -5.16%
Sexual Offences 51 895 49 660 -4.31%
Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm 182 933  170 616 -6.73%
Arson 4 903 4 321 -11.87%
Bank robbery 6  3 -50.00%

By: The South African


 

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