n ISS Southern Africa Report - How to map violence without police data

Volume 2019 Number 22
  • ISSN : 2617-8206
  • E-ISSN: 2617-8214


Reducing violence requires knowing how it occurs and tailoring responses accordingly. Understanding where, when and how murder takes place also provides insights into other violent crime trends. This can be achieved by plotting murder on maps, but the South African Police Service does not regularly make such data available. In the absence of police data, how can murder trends be charted to guide violence prevention and policing interventions?

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