SA’s confidence in Saps has declined – study
A Stats SA study revealed that South Africans are increasingly fearful of falling victim to crime.
JOHANNESBURG - A Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) study has found South Africans are increasingly fearful of falling victim to crime while their confidence in the police has declined.
The findings follow the police's crime statistics, released earlier this year, which show contact crimes have increased for the third year in a row.
Stats SA's Kefiloe Masiteng says this has changed people's behaviour.
"South African households are starting to increasingly feel that the levels of violent and property crimes are increasing. And this makes it more and more unsafe to walk in the parks or even allow their children to play alone in the parks."
She adds that fewer South Africans trust the police.
"Despite the high levels of violent crimes in South Africa, a number of them were not reported to the police. Many of the households feel they wouldn't have reported it because they felt police would not have done anything about it."
Stats SA found that crimes South Africans fear the most remain house robberies and burglaries.
Masiteng also says the study found more South Africans were taking steps to protect themselves against crime.
"More than half of the households took physical protection measures for their homes."
While crime levels have increased, the trust in the police has decreased.