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Fewer South Africans experienced crime in last year - survey

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla says that there’s been a steady decline in the number of households hit by crime since 2013.

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PRETORIA - Stats SA's latest victims of crime survey has revealed that fewer South Africans experienced crime in the last year compared to the previous review period.

Statistician-General Pali Lehohla released the figures at a briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.

Lehohla says that there’s been a steady decline in the number of households hit by crime since 2013.

“[There were] 1.4 million experiences of crime affecting 1.1 million households, down from 9% to 7.2%.”

The figures show about half of the households were burgled, while one out of ten fell victim to robbery.

Electronic equipment makes up 50% of the items stolen, with jewellery at 25%.