n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Time to take action : the 2006 / 07 crime statistics : editorial

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



With increases of 2.4% and 4.6% respectively in the murder and aggravated robbery rates, the police's release of the 2006/07 crime statistics confirmed the fears of many that violent crime is on the increase. During the media conference the police communicated the bad news badly in an obvious attempt to downplay the seriousness of a situation over which they, according to their own admission, actually have very little control. In a bizarre sort of way this confirms that whatever we are doing to fight crime isn't working and that it is time now to consider something completely different.

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