Earlier this month, the South African Police Service released the latest crime statistics in South Africa, which spans from April 2014 to March 2015.
While there was an increase reported in certain crimes, other crimes decreased albeit significantly, including:
- Sexual offences previously at 56,680 reduced to 53,617
- Common assault reduced from 166,081 to 161,486 cases
- Burglary at residential premises reduced from 259,784 to 253,716.
There were a number of increases in certain crimes, including:
- Sexual offences as a result of police action, up by 34,3%
- Truck hijacking up by 29,1%
- Carjacking up by 14,2%
General theft and drug-related crimes remain the biggest problems in the country, with over 360,000 and 260,000 reported crimes, respectively.
To view the announcement of the latest crime statistics by the Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko, click here
We are not always able to control our surroundings and the harmful events that go on around us, but it is possible to be prepared and proactive should you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
It’s important to ensure that you have an updated list of Emergency numbers saved on your mobile phone, ensuring that this list is easily accessible.
Matrix cares about the personal safety of you and your loved ones. We have developed personal safety systems which use advanced technology to detect incidents as they happen. With the Matrix Smartphone App, you can instantaneously report your vehicle as stolen or hijacked, and receive roadside and medical assistance 24/7/365 – at the click of a button.
Ensure that you have the Matrix Emergency number stored in your phone so that you can easily access it at any time:
Matrix Emergency/Hijack/Theft: 0800 111 322
Additional numbers include:
Emergency cell number from any cell phone in South Africa – 112
Nationwide Emergency Response/Flying Squad – 10111