Top 10 Most Feared Crimes In South Africa

Crimes and criminals have confronted South Africa and South Africans with the perplexity of radical evil. Shocking crimes are being committed by the unscrupulous initiative of too many crooks and hoodlums, with the blessing of more gangsters, and amid the passive acquiescence of crime fighters who readily convert to criminals when it’s convenient to do so. Neither murder nor rape is the most feared crime in South Africa. Housebreaking and burglary rather are. And this is according to the latest 2014/2015 “Victim of Crime Survey”.

With every crime is a sad story, and a nation with too many sad stories is practically consumed with foreboding, qualm, apprehension, consternation, dismay, dread, terror, fright, panic, horror and trepidation.

That’s the way things are in South Africa. You can’t just tell when a gang will corner you, rape you, tie up your spouse and cast him into a lake to drown. You can’t tell how long you’ll get to drive that favourite car of yours, you can’t trust the police, and can’t trust anyone as almost every other person that’s not you, is either trying to hurt you, to make a victim out of you, or kill you.

Based on the “Victims of Crime Survey 2014/15” report, which provides information on the dynamics of crimes in South Africa from the perspective of households and the victims of crime, below is a countdown of the most feared crimes in South Africa. Surprising, neither murder nor sexual assault is the most dreaded crime in the country.

10. Life Stock|Poultry Theft

Tenth (10th) most feared crime

Life Stock and Poultry TheftLife stock and poultry theft, according to the findings of the survey, is the tenth most feared crime in South Africa, and the ninth most common in the country. Respectively, 15.9% and 16.5% of the households regarded the crime as such.

9. Vehicle Hijacking

Ninth (9th) most feared crime

Vehicle HijackingHijacking is like a chronic, incurable and annoying infirmity to South Africa. So, if you own a vehicle, you might want to know the locations where hijacking happens most in the country along with the dream vehicles of hijackers. The recent data revealed that the crime is the 9th most feared crime in the country as acknowledged by 16.8% of the household surveyed.

8. Business Robbery

Sixth (6th) most common, and eighth (8th) most feared crime

Business RobberyWith 19.2 of the household approval, business robbery is the 6th most common crime in South Africa. And with 17.5% household votes, the crime is the 8th most feared. You’ve to constantly watch your back while patronizing business outlets. Some lunatic might just storm in to make away with some cash, and a decent crime fighter might just be around. You know what that means, bullets will be traded and the lunatics do shoot indiscriminately when they are panicked.

7. Assault

Fifth (5th) most common, and seventh (7th) most feared crime

assaultAssault here should be regarded as a harmful or offensive contact with a person. The crime got 21.5% of the households to acknowledge it as the fifth most common crime of the country, and equally got 25.0% of them to regard it as the seventh most feared crime in South Africa.

6. Pick-Pocketing|Bag Snatching

Fourth (4th) most common, and sixth (6th) most feared crime

Pick-Pocketing and Bag SnatchingThis is South Africa, and someone somewhere is probably stalking you, waiting for the right moment to grab your possession and disappear. The recent study indicated that the crime is the 4th most common and 6th most feared crime in South Africa. 26.0 and 26.4% of the households respectively regarded the crime as such.

5. Sexual Assault

Eighth (8th) most common, and fifth (5th) most feared crime

Sexual AssaultSexual offenses in South Africa is alarming and straight-up disgusting most times. we’ve heard of dogs being raped, babies are being raped, some think it’s their right to rape, and some three ladies are picking up hitchhiking men and raping them at gunpoint. It simply crazy. As such, it unsurprising that the crime is the 8th most common crime with 16.6% respondent approval. Surprisingly though, the atrocious crime is feared less than other crimes. The survey showed that it’s the fifth most feared crime with 30.7 percent of the household indicating it as the most feared.

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4. Murder Crimes

Seventh (7th) most common, and fourth (4th) most feared crime

Murder SAIf you followed the 2015 crime statistics, you should be aware that murder rate in South Africa increased by 4.6%. If you recall, it was then buzzing that the “murder rate of South Africa is that of a country at war.” Well, that’s that. The recent survey showed that murder is the seventh most common crime, and the 4th most feared. The household evaluation saw it respectively score 17.6 and 37.6%. Interestingly, South Africans are less afraid of being killed than some other crimes. What could these crimes be?

3. Street Robbery

Third (3rd) most common and most feared crime

Street RobberyIt was revealed that with 42.1 and 43.2% household score, street robbery is respectively the third most common and most feared crime in the country. The data, in this case, begs for an explanation on how street robbery gets to be feared more than murder. Well, let’s just say that street robbery can hardly be disassociated with murder. As a victim of a street robbery, it’d be a miracle if you didn’t get killed in the process.

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2. Home Robbery

Second (2nd) most common and most feared crime

Again, home robbery is more dreaded than murder. The crime is respectively ranked the second most common and most feared crime in the country with a household percentage score of 42.7 and 49.8. In as much as this ranking appeared unreal, we can authenticate it with the fact that the crime always comes with sexual assaults, rapes, and murder.

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1. House Breaking|Burglary

The most common and most feared crime

BurglaryHousebreaking and burglary is the most common and most feared crime in the country. The survey showed that the crime is perceived to be the most common and feared by households. More than six in every ten households perceived the most common crime to be housebreaking/burglary (65,9%) whereas (63,6%) regard it as the most feared crimes. Again, housebreaking and burglary always lead to murder as anyone at home, that attempted to interrupt the intruder might get killed. Also, most of these intruders are less satisfied with their break-ins except when they can as well perpetuate some sexual crimes.

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Nedu Raymond
Nedu Raymond
An advocate of closed-back headphones, horror movies, and dark humor; Raymond believes Peter Griffin and Stan Smith should be real people. Outside of having to write, edit, and work on other forms of content, he may keep up with the EPL or listen to everything Eminem and Jon Bellion.


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