With the release of the latest crime statistics in South Africa which spans through April 2014 to March 2015 financial year, the national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega and Police Minister Nathi Nhleko are currently addressing Parliament’s portfolio committee on the nation’s 2015 crime statistics. So far, there’s a shocking revelation that more than a thousand life sentences were handed to criminals in the past year, with 686 police officers arrested for serious crimes.
While increase was recorded in certain crimes, other crimes decreased albeit insignificantly. Check out the details below:
Crimes That Increased Over The Year
- Sexual offences detected as a result of police action skyrocketed by 34.3%, and recorded more 1,620 cases from a previous 4,720 to the present 6,340.
- Truck hijacking equally surged by 29.1% exceeding its previous record with 288 cases. The crime with 991 cases previously, recorded 1279 cases.
- Carjacking shot up by 14.2%. The crime was recorded with more 1,593 cases as it increased from 11,180 to 12,773
- Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 8.5% from 118,963 to 129, 045 with 10,082 case difference.
- Robbery at residential/non-residential premises collectively increased by 8.4% from a previous 37,857 to the latest 39,451 cases; and a total of 1,594 case difference.
- Murder increased by 4.6%. Additional 782 murder crimes were recorded as the crime increased from 17, 023 in 2013/2014 financial year to 17,805 in 2014/2015.
- Attempted Murder increased by 3.2% from a previous 16, 989 cases to the present 17, 537 recorded. The crime occurred with more 548 cases.
- Common robbery increased by 2.7%. The crime increased with more 1, 422 cases from a previous 53,505 to the latest 54,927.
- Drug-related crime increased by 2.4% from 260,596 cases to 266,902 cases with a case difference of 6,306.
- Malicious injury to property was previously recorded with 117,983 cases. It however increased by 2.3% to 120,662 exceeding the previous record with 2,679 cases.
- Stock-theft was reported with additional 431 cases. The crime previously recorded 24,534 cases, but then increased by 1.8% to 24,965.
- Shoplifting was previously reported with 70,487 cases. It has however increased by 1.2% to 71,327 with 840 case difference.
- Burglary at non-residential premises increased by 1.2% with additional 894 cases from 73,464 recorded previously to the present 74.358.
- Assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm was previously recorded with 182,333 cases. It however increased by 0.1% to 182, 556. Exceeding the previous record with 223 cases.
- Theft out of or from motor vehicle recorded 145,358 cases. The crime increased by 1.1%, exceeding the previous record with 1,557 cases.
Crimes That Decreased Over The Year
- Sexual Offences previously at 56,680 reduced to 53,617
- Common assault reduced from a previous 166,081 to 161,486 cases.
- Arson is now with 5,127 cases after it was previously recorded with 5,458 cases.
- Burglary at residential premises dropped. 259,784 cases were recorded in the 2013/2014 financial year, and 253,716 cases in the 2014/2015 financial year.
- Theft of motor vehicle and motorcycle recorded 56,645 cases in the previous report, and is presently reported with 55,090 cases
- Illegal possession of firearms and ammunition previously with 15,362 reduced in the latest report as 15,116 cases were recorded.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was reported with 69,725 cases in a previous report, but is presently reported with 68,561 cases.
- All theft not mentioned elsewhere, reduced. The crime previously with 363,571 cases, presently recorded 360,541 cases.
- Commercial crime that recorded 76,744 cases in a previous report, has 67,830 cases in the current report.
- Robbery of cash in transit reduced. 145 cases were reported previously and the latest figure is 119
- Bank robbery equally decreased. 21 cases were highlighted in the 2013/2014 financial year crime report and 17 cases were reported in the current report.