TIME TO TAKE ACTION: The 2006/07 crime statistics

  • Johan Burger Institute for Security Studies
Keywords: crime statistics, South Africa, crime


With increases of 2.4% and 4.6% respectively in the murder and aggravated robbery rates, the police’s release of the 2006/07 crime statistics confirmed the fears of many that violent crime is on the increase. During the media conference the police communicated the bad news badly in an obvious attempt to downplay the seriousness of a situation over which they, according to their own admission, actually have very little control. In a bizarre way this confirms that whatever we are doing to fight crime isn’t working and that it is time to consider something completely different.

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Johan Burger, Institute for Security Studies

Crime and Justice Programme

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