n SA Crime Quarterly - The state of crime in South Africa - an analysis of the SAPS crime statistics for 2009/10
|Article Title||The state of crime in South Africa - an analysis of the SAPS crime statistics for 2009/10|
|© Publisher:||Institute for Security Studies (ISS)|
|Journal||SA Crime Quarterly|
|Author||Johan Burger, Chandre Gould and Gareth Newham|
|Publication Date||Dec 2010|
|Pages||3 - 12|
|Keyword(s)||Institute for Security Studies|
This article presents an analysis of the 2009/10 SAPS crime statistics, which are released by the South African Police Service in September each year. The statistics for the 2009/10 period show an overall increase in crime at a national level that is driven by increases in five categories of crime: shoplifting, commercial crime, residential and business burglaries, and theft from motor vehicles. While the statistics suggest that violent crime has decreased, there are a number of questions about the accuracy of the statistics. The article discusses this issue and reflects on how the accuracy and reporting of crime statistics could be improved.
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