'Sunset curfew' in suburbs
01/07/2007 20:41 - (SA)
Johannesburg - Prepare yourselves for a shock when police release
their annual crime statistics later this week.
That's the warning from experts Johan Burger and Hennie van Rooyen.
Burger, a senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies,
says indications are that there has been a "drastic" increase in the
number of robberies at private homes.
There were 40 house robberies within two weeks in Witbank recently.
Senior police sources say there has been an increase of up to 50% in
the number of house robberies in some places. This includes Nelspruit
Rapport says in some towns in KwaZulu-Natal house robberies have
Van Rooyen, a legal practitioner who trains detectives in South Africa
and abroad, has labelled it a crisis, because people are no longer
safe in their homes - which already resemble prisons.
"Sundown is curfew time for law-abiding citizens. You remain indoors.
Even this is no longer safe," Van Rooyen said.
Percentages can be misleading though, says deputy National Police
Commissioner André Pruis.
"It does not necessarily indicate a crisis if there has been 100%
increase in one crime category."