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Harties Crime Statistics Up To 2013 - Part 6
Crime Statistics for Harties up to 2013 – Part 6
The crime statistics for the past 10 years for the whole of SA is annually made available on the SAPS website www.saps.gov.za and the database can be downloaded from there. It however consists of a vast amount of data which is difficult to comprehend, unless analysed or made visible in graphical form. The graphs below make the trends visible that are contained in the data. Due to the fact that only numbers of occurrences are given, it is very difficult to draw comparisons between different areas. Perhaps that is purposely reported such. One would need at least corresponding population figures – but that is difficult to obtain.
To somehow make comparison possible we have chosen to portray the data for the different crime categories for Harties, North West Province and the RSA together, so that at least a comparison about the trends could be made.
If the SAPS would allow more detailed scrutiny and analysis of the data, much more usable facts can be deduced that can be directly used in the fight against crime. The SAPS however jealously guards this data and even an official request on the prescribed forms to the SAPS to get access to the data for study purposes was not even found worthy of an answer by the relevant office.
The numbering of the crime categories below follows from the previous article in the series.
18. All theft not mentioned elsewhere
Figure 18a: Hartbeespoortdam
Figure 18b: North West Province
Fig 18c: Republic of South Africa
The decline in levels of theft for Hartbeespoort since 2008/09 is significant, probably due to good policing measures. The absolute numbers are however still high.
19. Commercial crime
Figure 19a: Hartbeespoortdam
Figure 19b: North West Province
Figure 19c: Republic of South Africa
This type of crime is also on a steady increase in Hartbeespoort (as well as country wide) and should be analysed in more detail to see in what areas the growth is taking place. The SAPS do not have adequate mechanisms in place to control this crime. Presumably white-collar crime is included in this category.
Figure 20a: Hartbeespoortdam
Figure 20b: North West Province
Figure 20c: Republic of South Africa
The incidence of this petty crime is erratic in the Hartbeespoort data and no real trend is visible. It may seem that current control mechanisms are somewhat effective.
21. Car hijacking
Figure 21a: Hartbeespoort
Figure 21b: Nort West Province
Figure 21c: Republic of South Africa
No trend can be recognised in this data set for Harties. Fortunately the numbers are small but arguably this crime causes considerable financial loss and emotional trauma to the victims thereof.
22. Truck hijacking
Figure 22a: Hartbeespoortdam
Figure 22b: North West Province
Figure 22c: Republic of South Africa
The peak during 2006/07 for Hartbeespoort was significant, although the absolute numbers are still low. It may seem that measures have been introduced (possibly by fleet owners) to try and curb this crime.
23. Robbery at residential premises
Figure 23a: Hartbeespoortdam
Figure 23b: North West Province
Figure 23c: Republic of South Africa
The decline in this tendency since 2009 at Hartbeespoort is pleasing, and the functioning of the CSS may be a contributing factor. The rise for the 2012/13 year, although possibly not significant, is unexpected.
This set of articles was compiled to draw the attention of the public to the existence and value of the police crime statistics. Greater visibility will enhance our preparedness against crime, since we’ll become more aware of the realities of crime. The purpose of the SAPS “Community Policing” philosophy is to embrace the society and request their support in the fight against crime. The public can indeed be of great help to the police, of which the functioning of Community Watches is but one avenue.
The undersigned would gladly invite comments and suggestions from the reader on how we as a community/ society can further utilize crime statistics in our fight against crime.