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#CrimeStats: ISS says aggravated robbery figures have stabilised

Despite an increase in the number of aggravated robberies, there is some good news from the figures, says ISS.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says while there has been an increase in the number of aggravated robberies, the figures appear to have stabilised and could be turned around in the next year.

The police released the crime statistics for the year ending in March in parliament this morning.

The figures show that aggravated robbery, which includes house robberies and carjackings, went up by 2.7 percent.



Statistics South Africa's victims of crime survey shows that robberies are the type of crimes South Africans fear the most.

The ISS's Gareth Newham says while the number of aggravated robberies has increased, there is some good news from the figures.

"Increases over the last couple of years, for example last year was 12 percent and 2014 was eight percent, this was only 2.7 percent. In statistical terms anything less than five percent on these crime is usually seen as a kind of stabilisation."

He says it's now for the police to turn this upward trend around.

"The rate of increase has slowed down quiet significantly, we might be reaching a point on which it starts decreasing again, but that already depends on what the police do and how they focus on these crimes going forward."

The murder rate has gone up by more than three percent - an increase for the fourth year in a row.

CONTACT CRIMES

At the same time, annual crime statistics have shown a one percent increase in contact crimes.



Murder is up by 4.9 percent and attempted murder is over three percent higher.

In total, 1.7 million serious crimes were reported in the year under review.

The police's Norman Sekhukhune says, "Although the contact crime decrease by one percent, it shows that over the 10 years we had a 14 percent decrease."

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