Whilst some might be quick to label Sandton a ‘crime hot-spot’, the latest crime stats released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) show a year-on-year increase across six crime categories, but a general downward trend since 2017.
- Common robbery, commercial crime, and shoplifting are just some of the high-ranking crimes in Sandton.
- Sandton ranks on 6 out of a list of 35 crime categories in the last SAPS report released this February.
- Whilst policing in the area needs to hone in on trending offenses, Sandton has managed to keep some of the worst crimes at arm’s length.
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Law and order remain a major problem across South Africa, yet Sandton has seen a general downward trend since 2017 when it comes to crime – or so the reported crime stats reveal. Here are the 6 Crimes Dominating Sandton (in no particular order), according to the latest SAPS report (October to December, Year 2021-2022) released on February 18:
1. Common Robbery – 78 Reported Cases
Sandton ranked 8th in the Top 30 stations list ahead of Brixton, Jeppe, Nyanga, and Mitchelsplein. This crime peaked in 2019, looking back over the past 5 years, but has come down since then.
2. Robberies at Residential Premises – 41 Reported Cases
In 15th position on the Top 30 stations list, Sandton is up on this crime year-on-year, yet significantly lower from the period 2017 to 2019.
3. Other Serious Crimes – 670 Reported Cases
Up year-on-year yet on a downward trend over the past 5 years, this crime peaked in 2017, in relation to Sandton, which now ranks in 7th position.
4. All Theft Not Mentioned Elsewhere – 288 Reported Cases
This has been on a steady decline over the past 5 years – down by more than half from 2017, with Sandton coming in 20th on the Top 30 stations list.
5. Commercial Crime – 308 Reported Cases
Outdone by Midrand, Sandton ranked 2nd on the list of Top 30 stations.
6. Shoplifting – 74 Reported Cases
On a downward trend since 2017, Sandton places in 21st position on the list of Top 30 stations.
Having featured on the SAPS’ Top 30 crime stats list of hijacking hot spots in South Africa previously, Sandton did not feature on this ranking of late. As Sandton comes back to life following two years of stringent lockdown regulations, the home to luxury apartments, 5-star hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and premier shopping will need to clamp down on those wanting to cross the legal line.
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