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AND THE STREETS FELL SILENT: HOW CRIME IMPACTS THE EVERYDAY

AND THE STREETS FELL SILENT: HOW CRIME IMPACTS THE EVERYDAY

“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein It has been said that a child’s laughter could simply be the most beautiful sound in the world and that children learn through play. But what happens when children’s opportunities to play are stifled by the reality of crime in their neighbourhoods? Stats SA’s latest   read more »


Media Invite:Statistician-General to release the Victims of Crime Survey 2015/16 report

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                                     10 February 2017  The Statistician-General of South Africa, Dr Pali Lehohla, will release the annual results of the Victims of Crime Survey 2015/16 (VOCS) at a media briefing to be held on Tuesday, 14 February 2016. The VOCS report provides information on crime trends and households’ perceptions about safety and law enforcement.   read more »


Media Release – Exploration of selected contact crimes in South Africa: In depth analysis of the Victims of Crime Survey Data

Media Release  3rd May 2016 Exploration of selected contact crimes in South Africa: In depth analysis of the Victims of Crime Survey Data   According to the Victims of Crime Survey Data report released by Stats SA, more females (71,3) experienced sexual offence than their male (28,7%) counterparts; while more males (72,9%) experienced assault than   read more »


Victims of Crime Survey 2014/15

01 December 2015 Media Release Housebreaking on the rise as robbery drops South African households increasingly feel that the levels of violent and property crimes are increasing and this makes it unsafe to walk in parks or even allow their children to play freely in their neighbourhoods, this is according to the results of the   read more »


03-19-05 - Marginalised Groups Indicator report

The report presents information on key demographic and socio-economic indicators on marginalised groups (women, children, older persons and people with disabilities) primarily using data collected in 2018 from the GHS, QLFS, and VoCS. CS 2016 data are used for disability. The objective of the report is to inform policy, research and debate.read more »


P0341 - Victims of Crime Survey

Objectives of VOCS are to determine: The nature, extent and patterns of crime in South Africa, from the victims perspective Victim risk and victim proneness, so as to inform the development of crime prevention and public education programmes Peoples perceptions of services provided by the police and the courts as components of the criminal justice system read more »


03-19-05 - Marginalised Groups Indicator report

The report presents information on key demographic and socio-economic indicators on marginalised groups (women, children, older persons and people with disabilities) primarily using data collected in 2018 from the GHS, QLFS, and VoCS. CS 2016 data are used for disability. The objective of the report is to inform policy, research and debate.read more »


P0341 - Victims of Crime Survey

Objectives of VOCS are to determine: The nature, extent and patterns of crime in South Africa, from the victims perspective Victim risk and victim proneness, so as to inform the development of crime prevention and public education programmes Peoples perceptions of services provided by the police and the courts as components of the criminal justice system read more »


P0341 - Victims of Crime Survey

Objectives of VOCS are to determine: The nature, extent and patterns of crime in South Africa, from the victims perspective Victim risk and victim proneness, so as to inform the development of crime prevention and public education programmes Peoples perceptions of services provided by the police and the courts as components of the criminal justice system read more »


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Crime statistics

  Crime prevention and ultimate elimination is one of the priority goals of the National Development Plan (NDP). Crime affects all people irrespective of their background, and it is a topic that attracts a lot of media attention. Analysis will show that some groupings are affected by certain types of crime more than others. Crime statistics are essential in order to understand the temporal and spatial dynamics of crime. Such understanding is vital for planning targeted interventions and assessing progress made towards achieving a crime free nation where "people living in South Africa feel safe at home, at school and at work, and they enjoy a community life free of fear. Women walk freely in the streets and children play safely outside". There are two major sources of crime statistics in South Africa, namely the South African Police Service (SAPS) and Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The other smaller sources such as the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are by no means insignificant, as they provide statistics for types of crime not adequately covered by the major players, such as domestic violence. While the methodologies used by the SAPS and Stats SA are very different, the two institutions produce crime statistics that complement each other. The SAPS produces administrative data of crime reported to police stations by victims, the public and crime reported as a result of police activity. Stats SA produces crime statistics estimated from household surveys. Crimes reported to the SAPS do not always have the same definitions as crime statistics produced from VOCS. In addition, not all crimes reported by the SAPS are reported by VOCS and vice versa. Working in close collaboration with Stats SA, the South African Police Service has undertaken to align its Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (CCSP) to the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS). Highlights of the 2017/18 Victims of Crime report Aggregate crime levels increased in 2017/18 compared to 2016/17. It is estimated that over 1,5 million incidences of household crime occurred in South Africa in 2017/18, which constitutes an increase of 5% compared to the previous year. Incidences of crime on individuals are estimated to be over 1,6 million, which is an increase of 5% from the previous year. Aggregate household crime levels increased in Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Gauteng and Mpumalanga. Individual crime levels increased in Free State, North West and Gauteng. North West experienced a drastic increase of 80% in the individual crime level. Perceptions of South Africans on crime in 2017/18 were more skeptical compared to the previous year. About 42% thought property crime increased during the past three years. This is an increase of 6,9% from the previous year. 46% thought violent crime increased during the past three years, an increase of 4,5% over the previous year. Western Cape was the most skeptical about crime trends, as 84% of Western Cape residents thought that crime in South African increased or stayed the same. Mpumalanga was the least skeptical among the nine provinces, where 65% thought that crime increased or stayed the same during the past three years. Crimes that are feared most are those that are most common. An estimated 79% of South Africans felt safe walking alone in their neighbourhoods during the day, which is a decrease of 6,7% from last year. About 32% of South Africans felt safe walking alone in their neighbourhoods at night, constituting an increase of 8% from last year. The highlights for household and individual experiences of crime from the 2016/17 VOCS report are as follows:  read more »