SA’s Latest Crime Statistics: As promised, the South African Police Service has made good on its promise to start reporting crime stats in the country more regularly.
Prior to this time, South Africans often criticise the SA Crime Stats for being out of date by the time the annual report is publicised.
For instance, the 2016 crime stats released by the SAPS in September 2016 covered crime activity between March 2015 and March 2016 – 6 months old by the time the data is released.
But now, the story has changed. This week, precisely on March 3, the SAPS released its latest report, which covered criminal activity in the last 9 months of 2016.
In the report, the SAPS indicated that over the 9 months period (ie from 1 April to 31 December 2016), more than 60,000 serious crimes cases were reported to the police.
While other forms of crime decreased, SAPS reported that robbery largely increased across the country. Crimes under robbery category relate mostly to carjacking and robbery at residential and non-residential premises.
Except in the Northern Cape and Free State, carjackings soared up with 14.9% across many provinces in the country. However, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal saw an above-average leap in carjacking reports.
An outline of carjackings per province for the 9-month period in 2016 versus the same period in 2015.
Other serious crimes include; all Theft not mentioned elsewhere, Commercial Crime and Shoplifting.
Property-related crimes include; Burglary at Residential premises, burglary at Non-Residential premises, theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle, theft out of or from the motor vehicle and stock theft.
Contact related crimes include; arson and malicious damage to property.
Also, the data showed that detection of criminal activities by policemen increased by 8.9% from April – December.
The SAPS reported that between April-December 2016, assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm decreased by 5.6%; common assault decreased by 3.7%, while attempted murder decreased by 0.8%.
On sexual offences, it was found that crimes related to it decreased by 6.3% between April – December 2016, while murder has decreased by 0.1% within the same period.
Check out the detailed breakdown of the crimes.