n SA Crime Quarterly - Editorial




In September the Minister of Police and Commissioner of Police released the annual crime figures (2010/11) for South Africa. As we have come to expect, the announcement was followed by a week-long media focus on crime. Since the high rate of crime still is a major concern for South Africans it is not surprising that this occasion attracts enormous media attention. And in many ways the media focus creates the space for researchers, academics and activists to raise awareness about the complexity of the risk factors for crime perpetration, challenge misperceptions and misunderstandings and offer their views on the solutions. Unfortunately few actually take this space and use it effectively.


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