This is according to the 2017/18 Victims of Crime Survey (VCOS) report which was issued on Thursday by Statistics South Africa in Pretoria. The report also showed that the province experienced a drastic increase of 80% in the individual crimes category.
In the 2016/17 year, 90 982 individual crime incidences were recorded in the report, while Stats SA reports that in the 2017/18 year, 164 383 incidences of individual crime were reported. This makes a difference of 73 401 crime incidences reported during that year period.
Statistician General Risenga Maluleke said that this survey was conducted in 30 000 households from all 9 provinces in the country. He further stated that this report was based on victims’ accounts of crime and their perceptions of the police and South African criminal system, not necessarily crimes they had reported to the South African Police Services.
Maluleke also stated that the Free State, North West and Gauteng provinces experienced an increase of both household and individual crime.
Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Limpopo provinces, in contrast, experienced a decrease of both household and individual crimes. Overall, he reported that household crimes in South African increased by 5% to a total of 1,5 million incidences of crime while individual crime also increased by 5% to a total of 1,6 million incidences, affecting 1,4 million individuals aged 16 and above.
Housebreaking or burglary was the most dominant (54%) crime category among the 13 household crimes and 7 individual crimes that the survey covers and reports on.
The report only provides contact and household crimes and does not account for illicit crimes such as business crime, drug-related crime, possession of fire arms and so forth.