n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The dark figure of crime and its impact on the criminal justice system

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



Much has been researched and written about the reasons, nature and the extent of unreported crime. The unwillingness of the public to report crime stems from various reason and motives. However, the dark figure of crime still remains a pivotal point amongst citizens and criminal experts alike. This article explores what impact unreported crime might hold for the criminal justice system. Both members of the public and criminal justice system experts participated in the study on which the article is based. Their reasons, perceptions and insights into unreported crime was examined and a conclusion drawn as to whether and to what extent unreported crime affects the criminal justice system.

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