Housebreaking most feared by South Africans

According to the latest statistics from the SA Victims of Crimes Survey, South Africans feared housebreaking/burglary the most.

“At least 60 percent of households surveyed fear housebreaking/burglary, 50 percent feared home robbery, and street robbery is at 40 percent,” Statistician General Pali Lehohla told reporters in Pretoria.

Lehohla said the survey comprised crime data from police and Stats SA's own household data. Most crimes occurred at night, particularly car theft and housebreaking.“The most common entry methods used by burglars are through the door, followed by a window, using a duplicate key, and entering through the garage,” Lehohla said.

Safety was a concern among households.Lehohla said measures taken by households to protect themselves cost billions of rands.“Crime is very expensive. People have to accompany children to parks, schools to ensure their safety. People don't feel free and safe to walk.”

Households in the Western Cape and Gauteng led other provinces in spending on security.At least 59 percent of households surveyed were satisfied with policing in their area. The Eastern Cape had the highest proportion of satisfied households, at 66 percent, followed by the Western Cape (64 percent), Free State (61 percent), Limpopo (60 percent), and Gauteng (59 percent).

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