However, there were still 29.7 percent fewer of these crimes than nine years ago and 18.7 percent less than four years ago, Mthethwa said at the release of the 2012/13 crime statistics in Pretoria.
Raw figures showed that aggravated robberies increased from 101,203 in 2011/12 to 105,888 in the past financial year. Residential burglaries increased by 3.3 percent over the same period, and non-residential burglaries by 1.7 percent. He said common robbery decreased by 2.2 percent over the reporting period.
“The role of the community in supplying the necessary information and the patrols of the streets has drastically reduced possibilities of this crime. This is corroborated by swift arrests that have been affected.”
Mthethwa said shoplifting had decreased by 3.9 percent over the same period. However, in the raw figures made available to the media, the figure increased from 52,980 in 2011/12 to 53,540 in 2012/13.
There were also decreases in robberies at non-residential premises, by 0.6 percent, in cash-in-transit robberies, by 20.3 percent, and bank robberies, by 80 percent.
In the 2012/2013 financial year:
- theft out of motor vehicles increased by 3.6 percent;
- commercial crimes increased by 0.6 percent;
- car hijacking increased by 5.4 percent;
- robbery at residential premises increased by 3.6 percent;
- truck hijacking increased by 14.9 percent;
- drug-related crime increased by 13.5 percent; and
- cases of drunk driving, or driving under the influence of drugs, increased by 1.5 percent.
Mthethwa said there was an 18 percent decrease in ATM bombings, from 261 cases in 2011/12 to 214 in 2012/13. Arson decreased by 8.7 percent over the reporting period.
“Advancement in technology on individual dwellings, the improvement of the infrastructure to reduce informal housing, as well as electricity roll-outs have also assisted in reducing this crime,” Mthethwa said.
There was a 4.1 percent decrease in malicious damage to property and a 4.4 percent decrease in the theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles.