National crime statistics were released this week by the South African government. Even though crime is peaking nationally, statistics have shown that crime rates have slightly decreased in a few areas of concern compared to the last quarter. Notably, decreases have occurred in sexual offences like rape and sexual assault.

“The slight decrease in sexual offences is welcome. However, the results are still hard to celebrate. There is still a high surge in other crimes that remain a huge concern. What is worrisome is the spate of crimes against women and children. The senseless and gruesome killing of women and children cannot be tolerated,” said Mondli Gungubele, the Minister in the Presidency.

The minister has said that there is still huge concern about the high rate of murder and attempted murder in the country. These areas have clearly shown the highest spike in the national statistics. Other than murder and attempted murder, it was undoubtedly aggravated robbery that proved to be an ongoing concern. Crimes like carjacking and robbery of both residential and non-residential premises are continually on the rise.

Since the last quarter, South Africa has seen a 14% rise in car hijackings and a 23.6% rise in truck hijackings. Atlas Security statistics for Nelson Mandela Bay have also indicated a sharp increase. Atlas Security has experienced a 33% rise in hijackings over the last quarter.

Atlas Security has also seen a similar increase in break-ins and house robberies, with an increase of 7.8%. Nationally, there was a slight increase in both residential and non-residential robberies of 0.4% and 0.5% respectively.

Murder and attempted murder were the highest points of concern for the minister. National crime stats have indicated an 8.4% increase in attempted murders and a further 11.5% increase in murders. Atlas Security statistics have shown that there were 9 additional murder cases in the city and one attempted murder case compared to the last quarter.

Not only is there increased crime towards citizens and property in Nelson Mandela Bay, but this trend is visible nationally as well. The government continues to combat high levels of crime through the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), which necessitates a shift in emphasis from reactive ‘crime control’ to proactive ‘crime prevention’ which is aimed at preventing crime from occurring in the first place.

Atlas Security will continue to fight crime in Nelson Mandela Bay and pursue its endeavour of making the city a safe place for all residents. We will continue to work closely with the SAPS, neighbourhood watches and other law enforcement stakeholders to ensure that crime is being combated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.