ISS: Policing not enough to tackle violent crimes
The ISS says social initiatives play a big role in tackling the increase in violent crimes.
JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says the solution to tackling violent crimes lies in social initiatives and not just more police on the ground.
The comments come ahead of the release of crime statistics on Friday.
The ISS expects the upward trend of contact crimes to continue.
The institute's Gareth Newham says eight out of 10 perpetrators are known to their murder victims.
"Criminal actions, such as robberies, contribute to about 16 percent of murders, so you're more likely to be killed by somebody you know than an armed robber."
He says there is a shortage of nearly 60,000 social workers in South Africa while more than 70,000 police officers have been hired in the past decade.
"We need to start understanding that the quality of our social workers and teachers is more likely to sustain a reduction in violence in the long run than trying to bolster up a police agency that simply cannot deal with factors that lead to violence in the first place."
Newham says there is no clear strategy on how to tackle the increase in violent crime.