Crime increasing, faith in cops decreasing - Stats SA


Honorary Master
Mar 26, 2010
The general level of crime as estimated by the Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) has been declining during the past five years, but increased in 2016/17 and 2017/18, Stats SA said in a statement on Thursday.

Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke released the annual survey in Pretoria on Thursday morning.

According to the statement, household crimes increased by 5% - to a total of 1.5 million incidences - while individual crime also increased by 5% - to a total of 1.6 million incidences - affecting 1.4 million individuals aged 16 and above.

"Northern Cape had the highest increase in both household and individual crimes.

"Housebreaking or burglary was the most dominant (54%) crime category among crimes measured by the VOCS. An estimated total of 830 000 incidences of housebreaking occurred in 2017/18, affecting 4.25% of all South African households.
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