- A new report shows that Johannesburg is South Africa's robbery capital
- Additionally, it found that Johannesburg was the most violent metro in Gauteng
- The report suggests inequality and high population density as contributing factors
According to a new report, Johannesburg is the most dangerous metro in Gauteng and has the highest robbery rate in the country.
These findings were recently published by the State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2018/19.
While Cape Town was found to be the most violent city overall, Johannesburg had more instances of all types of robbery, taking place in homes, vehicles and public spaces.
Inequality was singled out as a major factor influencing Johannesburg's high robbery rates. Unemployment in the city currently stands at more than 30%, for example.
Additionally, the report found greater crime levels in densely populated areas, particularly urban centres.
The report warned that rising crime in these economic hubs like Johannesburg may drive away investment and harm the economy, according to IOL. As a result, some police officers, like SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, have said that law enforcement must implement a new Safer City Model to address crime.
South African Cities Network, which released the report, also recommended safety audits to gather data on crime, which could then be used to inform evidence-based crime-fighting policies, Briefly.co.za has learned.
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