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2008-06-30 : 40 families attacked every day

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-09-05 12:52

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40 families attacked every day
30/06/2008 23:23 - (SA)

Virginia Keppler and Amanda Roestoff, Beeld

Johannesburg - Every day in the past year, 40 families have been attacked by
robbers in their homes.

And the three hours between midnight and 03:00 is the time that robbers
prefer to strike.

About 32% of all robberies countrywide occur after midnight.

According to a report by the South African Police Services (SAPS),
homeowners should be on the alert also for robbers between 21:00 and 23:59
because 23% of robberies occurred during this time.

The least number of house robberies take place between 03:00 and 06:00.

The number of house robberies countrywide has risen by 13.5% and the
sharpest increases occurred in KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State, Mpumalanga and
the Eastern Cape.

Gauteng was the only province which showed a decrease, although the highest
number of house robberies was reported in the province.

Wealthy areas a major target

The crime statistics for the year April 2007 to March 2008 were publicised
on Monday by the SAPS under the watchful eye of Safety and Security Minister
Charles Nqakula at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The police said in the report that Gauteng residents who lived in wealthier
neighbourhoods, "such as Brooklyn, Garsfontein, Sandton, Honeydew and
Douglasdale, were more at risk of becoming targets or even of being killed
during house robberies".

During these robberies, the attackers usually were armed.

The report said: "Because crime occurs regularly in wealthier areas, there
is a good chance that someone famous will be a victim or even be killed.

"These kinds of incidents appear on the front pages and in media headlines
and resound throughout the world.

Know what they want

"This focus and selective reporting of crime statistics create an
international image of South Africa as a very violent society," said the

It added that although house robberies and hijackings took place mostly in
wealthy areas, extreme violence resulting in serious injuries or death
occurred in few of the attacks.

Robbers mostly want specific items and will use violence to get what they

"Victims also perhaps may react in a manner that elicits violence."
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