The Minister of Police released the official South African Police Services (SAPS) crime stats last week. These stats still have communities mostly shocked by the numbers of crimes reported in the 2015/2016 year in review.

We looked at what these crime stats actually are and why it is important to understand them here.

Here’s a breakdown of the crimes people all across the country have reported.

Murder:

A whopping 18 673 murders were reported to police stations across the country from April 2015 to March 2016 according to the crime stats. That means, on average, about 51 people in South Africa had been murdered per day.

The stats show that the number of murders reported is 4.9 percent higher than 2014/2015 year in review.

All provinces, except Northern Cape, saw an increase in reported murders with Kwazulu Natal taking the top spot with 3 929 murders reported.

The number of attempted murders reported also climbed from 17 537 in 2014/2015 to 18 127 in 2015/2016.


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Sexual Offences:

While we see an increase in the murder rate, the number of sexual offences reported to the police has decreased by 3.2% from more 53 000 cases in 2014/2015 to close to 52 000 cases in 2015/2016.

The Northern Cape and Limpopo Province, however, both saw an increase in the number of reported sexual offences while the other provinces’ numbers came down.

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Assault:

There was a slight increase in the cases of assault in 2015/2016. Common assault rose by 2.2% pushing the number to 164 958 cases reported in the year of review. Assault with intent to inflict bodily harm increased by 0.2% in 2015/2016.

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Robbery:

The crime stats show an increase in the number of robberies with aggravated circumstances and robberies at residences and non-residences reported in 2015/2016.

Common robbery, however, took a small dip 54 927 cases in 2014/2015 to 54 110 cases reported in 2015/2016.

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Property related crimes:

The crime stats show a 1.2% decrease in burglary at residential premises with 250 606 cases reported in 2015/2016. This is more than 3 000 cases less than the 2014/2016 year in review.

But burglaries to non-residential premises increased slightly from 74 358 cases in 2014/2015 to just over 75 000 cases reported in 2015/2016.

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Carjacking:

The number of car jacking cases reported increase from 12 773 in 2014/2015 to well over 14 000 in 2015/2016.

Gauteng province showed the highest number of car jacking cases with 7 367 in 2015/2016, 7.3% more than the previous year in review.

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Drug related crimes.

And while car jacking cases increased in Gauteng, the Western Cape showed a 5.9% increase in drug related crimes reported in 2015/2016, making it the provinces with the highest number of drug related cases.

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The crime stats are essentially a collection of all the crime related incidents reported at the over 1000 police stations in the country.

It is imperative that ALL crimes, no matter how petty, are reported to the police.

Here you can find a breakdown of the 2015/2016 crime stats for your area and a the numbers for other crimes.

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All information gathered from South African National Police Service