Latest national crime stats show increase in stock theft

The latest national crime statistics were released in Parliament today (29 September) by embattled national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Stock theft increased by 1,8% overall. The Northern Cape saw a 9,9% increase, the North West a 7,8% increase, Limpopo a 6,3% increase, Western Cape a 5,3% increase, Eastern Cape a 4,8% increase, KwaZulu-Natal a 3,5% increase, Gauteng a 2,2% increase, and Mpumalanga a 0,5% increase. Only the Free State saw a drop in stock theft, with a figure of 12,9% below last year’s statistic.

Truck hijacking increased by 29,1%, with Limpopo seeing a 107,7% increase in these crimes, followed by the Western Cape (55%). Mpumalanga saw a 21,3% drop in truck hijacking.

Carjacking increased by 14,2% nationally, with the Western Cape experiencing a 60% increase in these crimes. The Northern Cape saw a 46,4% drop.

According to the statistics, murders increased by 4,6%, with the greatest increase (10,4%) having occurred in Gauteng. The Northern Cape saw a 5,5% drop in murders.

Attempted murders increased by 3,2% nationally. The Western Cape saw a 11,4% increase, while the Free State saw a 9,9% drop.

The category of assault with the intent to inflict grievous bodily harm only increased by 0,1% overall. Limpopo, however, experienced a 6,8% increase in these crimes while the Eastern Cape saw a 7,1% drop.

Common assault dropped by 2,8% nationally, burglary at residential premises dropped by 2,3%, and theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles dropped by 2,7%.

Robbery with aggravating circumstances, however, increased by 8,5%. The Western Cape and Limpopo both saw an 18,6% increase in this crime category, while the Free State experienced a 2% decrease.

In response to the latest national annual crime statistics, Gareth Newham, head of the Institute for Security Studies’s Governance, Crime and Justice Division, said that “South Africa has seen a third successive year of increases in the most serious categories of violent and organised crime, yet South Africa lacks clear strategies to reverse this dangerous trend”.