South Africa 19.9.2013 10:49 am

Crime Stats: Contact crime, sexual offences have decreased

Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

The level of contact crime has decreased by 4.2 percent over the past financial year, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Thursday.

Speaking at the release of the 2012/2013 crime statistics in Pretoria, he said contact crime had decreased by 16 percent over the past four years, and 38.2 percent over the past nine years.

Property-related crime over the past financial year increased by 1.7 percent.

Other serious crime decreased by 5.3 percent over the same period.

Sexual  offences meanwhile decreased by 0.4 percent during the same period.

“Nonetheless, we want to reiterate the point that we are still unhappy and concerned about the levels of rape in the country,” he said.

“Protection of communities is now central to our strategies that are aimed at reducing incidences of gender-based violence.”
Sexual assault decreased by 6.2 percent over the same period, after increasing during the preceding three years.

– Sapa

 

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