Fact Check: How accurate is SAPS data when most crimes go unreported?

Fact Check: How accurate is SAPS data when most crimes go unreported?

- The South African Police Service recently published its crime statistics but how accurate are they?

- The annual victims of crime survey has been published by Stats SA, revealing that many incidents go unreported

- Briefly.co.za explores how the SAPS statistics many fall drastically short as far as the true amount of crime in South Africa is concerned

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The plague in South Africa that is crime may well be worse than the freshest SAPS statistics would lead a person to believe.

Stats SA has released its victims of crime survey, which examines homes from all corners of the country, detailing how citizens view the situation.

Briefly.co.za examines the data retrieved from households in all nine provinces:

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The survey found 969 567 households had experienced housebreakings in the past year, 1.35 million incidents in total were related by citizens who took part.

House robberies reflected the same information, finding that over 90% of incidents are not reported to authorities with participants experiencing over 264 000 incidents, despite the SAPS reporting only 22 431.

13.7% of households chose not to report theft out of motor vehicles and 65% of street robberies.

However, some SAPS data on certain crime categories reported higher incidents of crime than the VOC study could find data on. These categories included murder, sexual offences and damage done to non-residential property.

South Africans have made use of protective measures in the hopes of preventing being victims of crime such as burglar protection, private security and even CCTV cameras.

Despite these efforts, respondents who had made these actions felt just as safe as those who chose to do nothing.

Many citizens who had shied away from implementing increased security in their homes reported that they felt more safe than those who did.

Those who attempted to protect themselves shared that they felt hopeless when it came to preventing crime, expressing the view that that was the responsibility of the police.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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