Here are the burglary crime statistics of South Africa.
On the 29th of September 2015, the various crime situations in South Africa was released. On the day of their release, these statistics were already at least six months out of date. That means that the current crime situation, particularly at local level, could be very different to that described by these statistics.
The infographic below provides an overview of property crime trends between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 as recorded by the South African Police Service.
What is property crime?
Property crime refers to crimes in which property is stolen without the use of violence or force (i.e. no direct confrontation between perpetrators and victims). The police report on the following types of property crime:
- Residential burglary
- Business burglary
- Commercial crime
- Theft out of or from motor vehicles
- Theft of motor vehicles
- Stock theft
- “All theft not mentioned elsewhere”
Residential burglary incidents recorded by the police decreased by 2.3% to a total 253,716 incidents between 2013/14 and 2014/15.
Each day, on average, 695 households were burgled.
It is likely that the actual number of burglaries was higher than that recorded by the South African police: the 2014 National Victims of Crime Survey (NVCS) by Statistics South Africa found that only about six in ten burglaries were reported to the police.
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