police crime stats q4 2022

Police Minister Bheki Cele delivered the Q4/2021-2022 crime stats on Friday, 3 June. Photo: Screenshot from video.

Crime stats: Brutal quarter sees murder rate increase by 22,2%, child murder by 37,2%

Bheki Cele revealed that the first three months of 2022 have been marred by more murders, rapes and assault than the year before

police crime stats q4 2022

Police Minister Bheki Cele delivered the Q4/2021-2022 crime stats on Friday, 3 June. Photo: Screenshot from video.

The Minister of Police Bheki Cele revealed the crime statistics for the fourth quarter of 2021 to 2022 on Friday, 3 June. He revealed that the murder rate had increased by more than 20% during the first three months of the year.

MURDER RATE INCREASES

Cele said the first three months of 2022 were violent, brutal and unsafe for many South Africans.

“The festive season was safer, but not the same can be said about the first three months of the year 2022,” he said.

The murder rate is up by 22,2% with 6083 people killed during the reporting period. An increase of 1107 murders compared to the same period in 2021.

January to March was especially brutal for the women and children of the country with double-digit increases recorded for murder, attempted murder and assault GBH for women.

“Out of the 6 083 people killed in the country, 898 of them were women and 306 where children under the age of 17 years,” said Cele.

The child murder rate increased by 37,2%.

TOP CAUSES AND LOCATIONS OF KILLINGS

The Minister of Police said arguments, vigilantism, revenge or retaliation and robberies remain the top four factors likely to lead to murder.

2268 people were murdered in public places, including open fields, streets, parking areas and abandoned buildings.

The homes of the victim or the perpetrator were the second most likely place for a murder to take place – 1350 people were killed there.

Thirdly, liquor outlets and public transport hubs (buses, taxis or trains) came in at third and fourth, respectively.

“Overall crimes committed against a person also known as Contact Crimes, increased by 15.0%,” said Cele.

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