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S.Africa needs regular crime stats: ISS

Southern Africa

by Trust Matsilele 0

The ISS has called on the police to make regular crime statistics available. PHOTOS: Wehoville/ Africa Check

Chandre Gould, a senior research fellow at the ISS, told CNBC Africa that regular reporting on crime would assist in tracking the progress made should an incident occur.

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“The crime statistics are only released once a year and by the time they are released they will be six months out of date,” said Gould.

“What is important for us is to call on the police to release these statistics far more regularly. We would like to see them available at stations on a monthly basis.”

Gould said timeous reporting of crime helped in tracking trends as they were happening rather than basing responses on historical events.


“We would also like to see Statistics South Africa releasing audited statistics once a year with the assistance of a group of experts inclusive of the government and civil society, providing South Africans with a proper index and analysis,” she said.

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“It’s good to look back and have these statistics but the real value in these statistics is determining the response.”

According to John Edmeston, chief executive of Cartrack, crime statistics in South Africa have risen sharply in the last four months demonstrating that the country is losing its war against crime.

Other related reports point to a surge in white collar crime in South Africa.