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NMB the country's most dangerous metro at night

NMB the country's most dangerous metro at night

Nelson Mandela Bay has been rated as South Africa’s most dangerous metro to be in at night with 80.2% of residents indicating they felt unsafe when out after hours.

The findings, released by Statistics South Africa as part of its latest survey, Crime Statistics Series Volume II: Public perceptions about crime prevention and the Criminal Justice System 2010-2013/14, also placed the Eastern Cape as the third least safest province for residents walking alone at night, with 69.8% of respondents saying they felt unsafe when not accompanied. The Free State was judged to be the most dangerous (76.8%) ahead Gauteng (70.5%) with Limpopo being the least dangerous at 48.3%.

With 64.2%, burglary was judged to be the province’s most feared form of crime, followed by home robbery (55.9%) and street robbery (40.7%) with political violence being the least feared at 6.4%.

Police trust was rated as being the highest in the country during 2013/2014 with 87.2% of residents stating they had confidence in force with the next highest being Limpopo (82.9%) and the Free State (82.0%). Police trust was the lowest in Gauteng at only 67.2%.

Similarly, while police trust ranked as the best in the country (65.8%), 12.4% of residents indicated a response time less than 30 minutes from the moment a call was made.

It was also found that residents were no in favour of the rulings made by the courts during this time with 86.4% believing that individuals implicated in crimes were not sent to jail, while 74.0% felt that convicted criminals were wrongly accused.

“This study has shown that crime remains a problem, despite the efforts of the government in prioritising safety and security for its inhabitants, as clearly outlined in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,”  StatsSA Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla said.

“About four in ten households in South Africa felt that both violent and property crime had increased. Even though crime statistics from the SAPS indicated a decline in the 2013/14 financial year in some categories of crime, it is still insignificant compared to the extent of crime experienced by households, especially when under-reporting rates are brought into consideration”.


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