Business robberies on the increase - ISS

The ISS is expecting a rise in business robberies when crime figures are released this week.

Police blockade the scene of an armed robbery shootout in Woodstock on 7 September 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Security Studies on Monday said it was expecting to see a rise in business robberies when national crime figures are released later this week.

It said crime peaked in South Africa in 2002/2003, but there has been a 25 percent reduction since then.

The institute tracks emerging trends and analyses the real security threats facing South Africa.

The institute's Gareth Newham said a number of indicators like insurance claims have shown that business robberies are on the increase.

"That's a crime that really started increasing in 2006 and by 2009 it had increased by 300 percent."

National crime statistics of the previous financial year will be released at Parliament on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Woodstock business owners have report an increase in business robberies in their area.

Earlier in September, four armed men were arrested after attempting to rob a pie store in Woodstock.

Newham said there has been a reduction in most crime categories in the past 10 years, and he is not expecting any major changes in 2012.

Murder has been reduced by over 50 percent since 1994, but we 43 murders take place daily.