Highlights from the 2014/2015 Crime Stats - violent contact crimes increase

SEPTEMBER 29, 2015

According to the 2014/2015 Crime Statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Tuesday, violent contact crimes remain a feature in the country and increased by 0.9% nationally over the past year. The good news though is that the crimes are show a decreasing trend over the past 10 years. 

Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega, who was accompanied by National Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, said that 1.7 million people were arrested in South Africa over the period under review - 1 million arrests were for serious crimes.

Murder increased by 782 in the 2014/15 financial year - or a 4.6% increase in the number of murders reported to the police. That means 49 people were murdered each day in South Africa compared to 46 in 2013/14. 

The KZN saw many of the murders - up by 5.4% and contributing 21.4% of the 17 805 murders recorded last year.

While sexual offences showed a decrease, most other contact crimes showed increases in the percentage change listed in the official statistics released by police;

• Attempted murder showed a 3.2% increase 

• Robbery with aggravating circumstances increased by 8.5%

• Common robbery went up by 2.7%

• Sexual offences decreased by 5.4%

• Common assault decreased by 2.8%

Robbery with aggravating circumstances appeared to show the highest increase when looking at the raw figures, with police registering 10 082 more such robberies this year compared to last year. This translates to approximately 353 robberies each day in South Africa. 

Car and truck hijacking showed a significant increase, with carjacking going up by 14.2% and truck hijacking increasing by a whopping 29.1%. 

Meanwhile, the number of property related crimes reported to police decreased by 0.8% overall.

House burglaries decreased by 2.3%, while business burglaries increased by 1.2%.

Robberies at homes and businesses increased by 5.2% and 3.2% respectively. 

According to Phiyega, the police confiscated 1.5 billion litres of alcohol in the 2014/15 period and 37 979 illegal liquor premises were closed.

She said that around 10 million illegal firearms are believed to be in circulation in South Africa right now.

She also said that 237 South Africans arrested in past year overseas on suspicion of being drug mules. 


Last year's crime stats

Last year, the statistics showed that murder was up by 5%, with an additional 809 murders.

The stats also showed that sexual offences had decreased by 5.6% from 2012/13 to 2013/14.

Home robbery was up 7.4%, with 1334 more cases than the previous years, as well as business robbery which also went up by 13.7% and car hijacking was up by 12.3% .

Eastern Cape

The crime statistics for the 2013/14 financial year, which show a range of increases and decreases in certain crime categories in the Eastern Cape.

For the year under review, there was an increase in murder, total sexual offences, attempted murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Read more on this here.

Nelson Mandela Bay

For the Nelson Mandela Bay area, it was revealed that its townships recorded some of the worst crime stats for crimes such as hijacking, murder and robbery.

The stats showed that, last year, the Kwazakhele police station received 126 reports of house robbery; 83 of murder; 105 hijackings; and 241 reported sexual offences. Kwazakhele effectively topped the chart for house robberies; hijackings and sexual offences.

Read more on this here.

Early this year, we also learnt that the Nelson Mandela Bay is South Africa’s most dangerous metro to be in at night with 80.2% of residents indicating they felt unsafe when out after hours.



---additional reporting eNCA.