Survey Reveals: South Africa’s Crime Stats for the Last Six Months are Pretty Grim

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An independent survey about crime in South Africa has revealed some pretty depressing numbers.

So, you already know the official crime stats released in September, are pretty depressing.

But there’s more bad news. A survey conducted by Crime Stats SA found that nearly four out of ten South Africans have been a victim of crime in a six month period in 2016.

The independent organisation polled over 60 000 people and found that 37% were a victim, or someone close to them has been a victim of crime in the last six months.

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Burglary or robbery were the most common crimes experienced, followed by theft. The official crime stats show that over 54 000 incidents of common robbery took place in South Africa every day, averaging out to about 148 cases a day.

Ten percent of respondents say that they were victims of a hijacking while six percent were victims of an assault.

Murder (five percent), attempted murder (two percent), rape (two percent) and drug-related crimes (one percent) were the other most common incidents.

Mitchells Plain, as well as the CBDs of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban were the so-called “hot spots”.

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