Recently the Crime Stats for South Africa for the period from April 2013 to April 2014 were made available. Having recently looked through those crime stats, here are some figures and tables. These stats are the official ones made available by the South African Police.
Statistics are meaningful and these crime stats, depending on how they’re interpreted and presented, can be used to paint various pictures of the nature of crime in South Africa. I’m not, here, trying to paint a negative picture and argue how dangerous South Africa is. Further, I’m not a math or stats guru and don’t aim to be precise in my commentary. What stood out for me was how many incidences took place in the city and province in which I live and I want to try to present this as simply and straight forward as possible.
Though anyone can read the statistics a visual is called for in order to highlight the severity of crime in the Gauteng province.
As shown above, the size of this province is quite small compared to the rest of the country. We have a lot of people living together on a small piece of land. In this small space we find a significant portion of crimes listed as carjacking, truck hijacking, and robbery at residential premises taking place.
Why is this important? Because every day people spend time in their homes and their cars.
We have a total of 11 221 Carjackings reported for the period in South Africa as a whole. 6 064 of these took place in Gauteng, leaving 5 157 carjackings in the rest of the country. 54% of carjacking in South Africa takes place in a single province.
We have a total of 991 reported for the period in South Africa as a whole. 574 of these took place in Gauteng, with 444 happening in the rest of the country. 55% of truck hijacking takes place in a single province.
Robbery at residential home
We have a total of 19 284 robberies reported as taking place in residential homes. 7 438 of these took place in Gauteng, with 11 846 taking place in the rest of the country. 39% of robberies at residential homes took place in a single province.
We leave from home to drop kids at school and head to work, and after work pick our kids up and return home. We spend a lot of time at home and in transit in our cars. A noteworthy fact is that the majority of these crimes – the ones that take place against people in cars and people in homes – take place in one province. If there’s anywhere in South Africa that you’re likely to be carjacked or robbed that place is going to be Gauteng.