ISS: Crime spike to continue
The institute’s Gareth Newham said most violent crimes increased in the last reporting period.
JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says it expects the trend of increasing contact crimes to continue, while the police appear to have no clear strategy to address the problem.
The ISS has addressed the media in Pretoria, ahead of the announcement of the 2013/2014 annual crime statistics in Pretoria on Friday.
The statistics will be released by Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.
The institute's Gareth Newham said most violent crimes increased in the last reporting period.
"There have been increases in public violence. Kidnapping, attempted murder and rape at residential places went up. Car hijacking, murder, sexual crimes also went up."
He said Phiyega's response was inadequate with no clear strategy on how to address the trend.
"We were told everything was great and there's no need to do anything different."
Newham said while more police are being deployed, it's had little effect on the crime rate.