It is good that the police finally admits that crime is out of control
19 February 2021
It is encouraging that the police now admits that crime is on the rise and that a lot of hard work is needed to combat it effectively.
A significant contributing factor to the sharp rise in crime could be that during the lockdown period, the police shifted its focus to policing lockdown regulations and as a result, combating ordinary crime was neglected.
The increase in serious crimes in the last quarter of 2020, like murder (6,6%) and sexual offences (1,8%), is a great cause for concern. A total of 12 218 people were raped during this period – an increase of 1,5%.
Regarding murder, it is insightful to note that the place where the third most murders were committed is in the vicinity of where alcohol is available.