South African crime statistics for 2015/2016 were reported to the Portfolio Committee on Police in Parliament on Friday.Seven out of nine provinces reported a decrease in crime in general according to the statistics.

 

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On Murder, all provinces apart from the Northern Cape saw an increase, while the Western Cape and Eastern Cape got the worst figures, with 52 and 52,8 murders per 100,000 people respectively.The total murder rate increase comes to 4,9%, with 34 murders per 100,000 people across the country.

 

Sexual offences saw decreases in seven of nine provinces. South Africa is of course, one of the world’s rape hotspots.

 

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For the last ten years common robbery has decreased 23%. Since the last annual report, it has decreased by 1,5%, with burglary decreasing after having increased the previous year.The Northern Cape saw the biggest decline in home burglaries, while the Western Cape saw a disturbingly large increase of 19.3%.

 

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The robbery of cash-in-transit vehicles has increased dramatically, by a figure of 15%. General carjacking has increased nationally by 14.3%. Theft of vehicles, however, is on the decline.

 

Contact crimes, which involve direct contact between criminal and victim, have increased in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.

 

With one eye on the upcoming festive season, the report shows that driving under the influence of alcohol has increased by 11,5% nationwide.

 

The SAPS says that 83% of crimes were reported by members of the public, with the rest having been detected by police activity.

 

A detailed report will be made public via the SAPS in the near future, providing statistics that were not included in the Parliament briefing.