“Insanely scary crime facts you need to hear”
The average South African knows a lot about crime. We lock our doors, arm our alarms and pray that we will be safe. Sometimes our efforts work, and other times we are not so lucky.
Here are a few facts about crime in South Africa that you need to know…
1) On average, 47 South Africans are murdered each day
This is five times higher than the global average, according to Africheck.org*. A murder rate is seen as one of the most accurate crime statistic, because very few murders go unreported. To illustrate just how grim this number is; consider that today – 20 people died in Iraq. You may have been safer in Iraq than in an average South African city.
2) We have the highest child rape rates in the world
A shocking 51 minors are raped each day in South Africa. Even worse, not all rapes are noticed or reported by caregivers, so this number may be higher than we know. The statistics are enough to make you feel sick to your stomach. Learn to spot the signs of abuse in young children and teach your child about personal boundaries as soon as possible.
3) 30 cars are hijacked daily
South Africa has the highest rate of car hijackings in the world; and around 3% of these hijackings become violent. Hijackings are not just confined to Gauteng. And as security features on cars become more advanced, so does the need for thieves to hijack the car with you in it. Arrive Alive offers comprehensive advice on hijack prevention.
4) A child goes missing every 5 hours
This is according to the South African Police Service Missing Persons Bureau. This fact is enough to make the blood of any parent run cold. According to experts, the first 3 hours are the most crucial – called “the Golden Hours.” There is a widely publicised belief that you need to wait 24 hours to report a missing child, which is not true. The sooner a child s reported missing the more chance there is of finding them.
5) Some police stations pay private security companies to keep THEM safe
Since 2004, it has been a well-known fact that many police stations employ private security companies to keep them safe. What can we learn from this fact? Everybody needs a bit of backup sometimes!
* Africacheck.org: a non-partisan organisation, which promotes accuracy in public debate and the media. Twitter @AfricaCheck and www.africacheck.org.