Statistics South Africa (Stats) revealed that nearly one million South African households experienced incidences of housebreaking during the 2021/22 period, in a presentation on Tuesday, 30 August.
STATS SA SAYS 983 000 HOUSEHOLDS AFFECTED BY BREAK-INS OVER LAST YEAR
The data was contained in the Governance, Public Safety and Justice Survey (GPSJS) 2021/22. “The issue of crime is one that is experienced by almost all citizens, irrespective of their economic status or where they live,” said Stats SA.
Overall, households and individuals experienced an increase in crime over the last year compared to 2020/21. The only household crime, which showed a decrease, was the theft of motor vehicle, while the only individual crime to go down was street robbery.
Housebreaking was the most common crime experienced by households in South Africa. “A total of 983 000 households experienced housebreaking incidences in the 2021/22 period,” said Stats SA.
According to the data, June was the month when the crime peaked affecting 147 000 households. December followed with 146 000 incidents.
Only about 59% of households that experienced housebreaking reported some or all incidences to the police – this figure increased from 56,1% in 2020/21 to 59,2% in 2021/22.
“In South Africa, more than two-fifths (41,9%) of households are headed by women.1 According to the GPSJS, housebreaking was mostly experienced by female-headed households and households in rural areas,” said Stats SA.
KwaZulu-Natal was the province with the most break-ins at 255 000. It also led the way in terms of proportion of housebreakings to households in the area with 7,9%.
Gauteng had 204 000 housebreakings, which put it second on the list in terms of absolute numbers, however, it had the lowest proportion of all provinces with 3,7%.
|PROVINCE||ABSOLUTE NUMBER OF HOUSEBREAKINGS|
|Western Cape||116 000|
|Eastern Cape||105 000|
|North West||102 000|
|Free State||44 000|
|Northern Cape||21 000|
|PROVINCE||PROPORTION OF HOUSEBREAKINGS|
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