Statistics South Africa recently released the victims of crime survey which revealed that male-headed households were more likely to experience housebreaking than female-headed households and households in non-metro areas, respectively.
At the same time, it was reported that female headed households are more likely to experience assault than male headed households. The age of the heads of the households, seems an important factor for the likelihood of them being assaulted, this includes the middle-income and younger heads.
Households with the highest income bracket are most likely to experience housebreaking than those of a lower income due to them attracting thieves with their prized possessions. The highest proportion (7,39%) of households that experienced housebreaking was in the Northern Cape, while Free State experienced the lowest proportion (3,75%). Between 2017/18 and 2018/19, burglary at residential premises reported to the SAPS increased in the Northern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, North West and Limpopo while it decreased in all other provinces and in South Africa as a whole.
Reporting of malicious damage of property and arson to the SAPS between 2017/18 and 2018/19 has decreased in the Northern Cape.
Males are more likely to be victims of street robbery and personal theft than females, while the youth is more vulnerable to robbery than the elderly, especially those living in metro areas. Stats SA recorded 580,000 incidents where knives and guns were the primary weapons used to threaten victims.
Usually the incidences of theft of personal property peak in January, March, June, September and December.
Earlier in the year, 25-year-old Thabang Sekonyane was stabbed multiple times after an altercation with a suspect, who had demanded R5 from him and in the same month Tshepiso Thompson was robbed of his clothes and sneakers and stabbed to death in the early hours of March 31.
South African Police Services for the Frances Baard cluster, Colonel Gamieldien explains that the housebreakings can be attributed to the protest actions during 2018 in Kimberley in the Frances Baard cluster where shops and businesses were looted during these protests and resulted in an increased number of cases registered by shop/business owners. Contrary to popular belief, housebreakings usually occur during the day.