Citizen reporter
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3 Oct 2019
12:10 pm

Victims of Crime survey: SA still feels unsafe, while many crimes remain unreported

Citizen reporter

Only about a third of South Africans feel safe walking around alone at night.

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Stats SA released the findings of its Victims of Crime survey on Thursday, with suggestions that a lot of crime in South Africa remains unreported.

Survey data suggest this may be due to citizens having little faith in the police to follow up and solve crimes.

Less than half of housebreakings were reported to police and just 60% of home robberies were reported. 1.3 million housebreakings took place, with the highest proportion in the Northern Cape.

Less than a third of 1.2 million thefts of personal property were reported to police.

If you’re assaulted in South Africa, there’s about a 50% chance that it will be at the hands of a close acquaintance or family member, with 22% of assaults between spouses/intimate partners.

Only 35% of South Africans feel safe walking alone in their neighbourhoods at night, though the proportion who felt safe during the day has risen somewhat, to about 83%, according to the survey data.

Take a look at the graphs and further detail below:

(Compiled by Charles Cilliers)

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