Research: Police activity inadequate to decrease crime in SA

The Urban Safety Reference Group says despite having the highest police presence, Johannesburg still experiences high levels of crime.

SAPS on the scene. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Research shows police activity isn’t enough to decrease crime in South Africa.

The Urban Safety Reference Group says despite having the highest police presence, Johannesburg still experiences high levels of crime.

The network presented its 2015/2016 State of Urban Safety in South African Cities report in Braamfontein on Wednesday.

The group’s Geshi Karuri-Sebina says their findings show that crime is a social issue and its solution is multi-sectoral.

“It’s about how we design our cities… whether we have social-cohesion, whether we trust each other and report a crime. It’s about whether we have social programmes that occupy young people, whether our children are at schools and have safer schools.”

Karuri-Sebina says while overall crime in South African cities remains high compared to global statistics, safety levels have increased significantly since 1994.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)