THE TIDE IS TURNING: The 2003/04 SAPS crime statistics

  • Anton du Plessis Institute for Security Studies
  • Antoinette Louw Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: crime, crime statistics, South Africa, violent crime


The latest official crime statistics, for the financial year 2003/04, are encouraging because they show a decrease in levels of most serious crimes, including murder, car hijacking, burglary and farm attacks. But the good news has yet to hit home for many South Africans. In fact, most people are more afraid of crime today than they were in 1998. It is likely that only sustained decreases in violent crime over several years, coupled with better service delivery, will make a difference.

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