South Africans fear house robberies

A survey conducted by Stats SA shows that South Africans have a heightened fear of house robberies.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega at the announcement of the 2011/2012 crime statistics. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A survey shows most South Africans are afraid of falling victim to house robberies.

The 2011/2012 crime stats were released by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa in parliament on Thursday.

The Crime Victim Survey which was conducted by Statistics South Africa, shows that 50,4 percent of South Africans fear house robberies.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa explained that this category of crime is usually accompanied by violence.

"They are personalised crimes which make people fear house robberies."

In some cases victims are murdered.

However, house robberies have dropped by 1,9 percent.

Murder has also decreased by just over three percent.

A total of 27 percent of respondents to the survey were fearful of falling victim to sexually-related offences.

Meanwhile, 65 percent of all murders start off as assaults and are fuelled by substance abuse.

The police minister said substance abuse is fuelling so-called contact offences or crimes, which include murder and rape.

He said this speaks to disturbingly high levels of domestic abuse.

Drug-related offences went up by over 15 percent, nationally.