South African Surveillance and Security Needs

Author: John Honovich, Published on Jun 22, 2010

South Africa has a global reputation as one of the most dangerous places in the world. With higher crime, comes increased demand for security. In this update, we overview some data points and make a few comparative observations.

According to various national statistics, South Africa is in the Top 5 globally in pretty much all the 'big' crime categories: murder, rape, robberies, gun violence, kidnappings, etc. Indeed, these ranking underemphasize the severity of crime as it is based on total crimes in each category, not crimes per capita (e.g., South Africa has almost 20,000 murders out of a population of ~50 Million where the US has about 16,000 out of a population of over 300 million). Furthermore, over 10% of South Africans report being victims of violent crime each year whereas only about 3% do so in the UK. Other problems reported include home invasion and armed bandits breaking into businesses. The South Africa Police Department offers updated crime statistics.

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