Police admitted on Friday that they had released skewed crime rates on Tuesday – but said the error did not affect the number of crimes recorded.
“Based on the advice from Stats SA regarding the correct estimates to use for computation of the crime rates‚ the police hereby issue a revision of the crime rates based on the 2017 mid-year population estimates as at the end of September‚” the South African Police Service said on its website on Friday.
“The revision of the estimates will neither affect the raw crime numbers nor the nine-year crime rate trend but will only affect the last rate in the 10-year series i.e. 2017/18 crime rate.”
Crime rates are the number of crimes that happened per 100 000 citizens over a given period. This helps to compare crimes over time because it allows for population growth.