I would like to make a few observations, and ask a few people here who was affected by a crime but didn't report it.

Starting with the staticistics.

In 1996/7, the SAPS decided to split Aggravated Robbery into 5 categories, namely Aggravated Robbery, Carjacking, Truck Hijacking, Bank Robbery and Cash in Transit Robbery. This move instantly lowered the figures for Aggrevated Robbery by 11000 or so, but these new categories together added more than 17500, so in actual fact, if the categories remained the same, it would have shown an enormous

**increas**in Aggrevated Robbery for that period. Anyone that did statistics as a main subject at university will recognise this as a straightforward method to skew statistics.

BUT that's not all. 2002/2003 The SAPS once again decided to split Aggravated Robbery into further categories, this time adding House Robbery and Business robbery. Statistics were skewed using this methid twice.

Therefore, if one takes these subdivisions into account, there was a massive increase in crime twice in the last 10 years - so much so that the statisticians decided to pull the wool over everyone's eyes by subdividing categories.

But crime is under control (of the criminals)