Crime survey paints very bleak picture
CRIMINALS are tightening their grip on the nation, leaving parents stopping their children from playing on the streets or walking to school.
Though crime statistics released last week indicate a decrease in most crimes - a decline which policing experts dismissed as questionable - the Victims of Crime Survey paints a very different and bleak picture.
The survey, conducted by Stats SA between January and December last year, reveals a nation gripped by fear, of citizens terrified of being attacked in their own homes.
With Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa dismissive of the public's lack of faith in law enforcers abilities to fight crime, the survey reveals how vital public perception is in the fight against crime.
The findings of the survey - released in Pretoria yesterday - show that 15% of surveyed households don't allow their children to walk freely to school, due to fear of them being attacked, compared to 14.7% in 2010.
The number of parents who stopped their children from walking or playing in their own neighbourhoods remained the same - 23% - as 2010.
The percentage of adults who avoided public places out of fear of being attacked rose from 33.3% in 2010 to 35.1%.
Six out of 10 households perceived house breaking as the most common crime, with the Eastern Cape (38.3%) and KwaZulu-Natal (36.4%) recording the highest incidences of housebreaking, while the Western Cape recorded the lowest incidents (16.4%).
The study showed that 5% of households surveyed reported being asked for a bribe in return for a service from a government official.
Police corruption also increased from 21.4% in 2010 to 22.9%.