The worst crime-ridden areas in South Africa

News > Lifestyle & Architecture - 13 Sep 2019

The recently released statistics for the 2018/19 period from the South African Police Service (SAPS) has revealed the areas with the most recorded crime.

A total of 2.01 million crimes were recorded in 2019, which is 2.09 million less than in 2018. 

The stats cover 21 crime categories – 17 of which are reported by the public, and four of which are as a result of police activity.

As part of the presented data, the SAPS also broke down the police stations which recorded the highest levels of crime, with Cape Town central coming in as the most crime-ridden region, with 13,747 reported crimes – although down 10.9% from last year.

This was followed by Joburg Central with 12,199 reported crimes (down 0.2%), and Mitchell’s Plain with 11,374 reported crimes (down 0.1%).

It should be noted, however, that station statistics may encompass more areas than where the station is located. For example, a station in a remote area may represent the reported crimes of several neighbourhoods and small towns surrounding it, as it is the only station available to service those areas.

These are the 30 most crime-ridden areas in South Africa, based on crimes reported to their station across the 17 community-reported categories:

Station Province Reported crimes 2019 Change from 2018
       
Cape Town Central Western Cape 13 747 -10.9%
JHB Central Gauteng 12 199 -0.2%
Mitchells Plain Western Cape 11 374 -0.1%
Park Road Free State 10 664 +11.0%
Honeydew Gauteng 9 981 -5.0%
Durban Central KwaZulu Natal 9 798 -3.4%
Pretoria Central Gauteng 8 941 +1.6%
Witbank Mpumalanga 8 916 -1.3%
Hillbrow Gauteng 8 252 -4.7%
Sunnyside Gauteng 7 833 +4.8%
Kraaifontein Western Cape 7 603 -1.8%
Pinetown KwaZulu Natal 7 208 -3.5%
Sandton Gauteng 7 181 -5.7%
Rustenburg North West 7 124 -14.5%
Nyanga Western Cape 7 059 -11.1%
Dobsonville Gauteng 7 009 +4.5%
Kimberley Northern Cape 6 977 +9.4%
Stellenbosch Western Cape 6 959 -14.3%
Delft Western Cape 6 920 +8.5%
Midrand Gauteng 6 905 -6.9%
Kempton Park Gauteng 6 900 +1.2%
Belville Western Cape 6 630 -2.0%
Brooklyn Gauteng 6 608 -3.3%
Randfontein Gauteng 6 555 -2.8%
Akasia Gauteng 6 497 +10.7%
Plessislaer KwaZulu Natal 6 436 -1.0%
East London Eastern Cape 6 435 +3.1%
Mfuleni Western Cape 6 412 +6.8%
Worcester Western Cape 6 379 -10.7%
Phoenix KwaZulu Natal 6 285 -5.1%

 

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