Crime Statistics in South Africa 2018/2019

With the crime rates increasing at an alarming rate, it has become a massive concern in our community. Here is some information and statistics related to crime rates in our country.

One of the largest incidents is common assault.

Common assault is defined as the “unlawful and intentional direct and indirect application of force to the body of another person” or the “threat of application of immediate personal violence to another”.

In 2017/2018, over 156,243 common assaults were recorded. This increased to 162,012 in 2018/2019. This means that on average, 444 people were victims of this type of assault every day. The common assault rate increased from 275.3 in 2017/2018 to 280.8 per 100,000 people in 2018/2019.

Another very scary circumstance is robbery with aggression.

Robbery with aggravating circumstances occurs when a person uses a gun or weapon to commit a robbery. In 2017/2018, 138,364 robberies with aggravating circumstances were recorded. This increased to 140,032 in 2018/2019. On average, 384 robberies with aggravating circumstances were recorded each day.

House robbery is one of the most common crimes in South Africa.

House robberies occur when people are confronted and become victims of theft in their homes. In 2018/2019, there were 22,431 incidents of house robbery reported – up from 22,261 in 2017/2018. On average, 61 households were robbed each day. South Africa’s 2017/2018 victims of crime survey revealed that only 59% of victims reported the crime to the police.

Robbery in non-residential premises such as business block has also increased over the last year.In 2018 it was recorded that over 20 047 business was broken into and robbed.

South Africa’s provincial murder rates in 2018/2019



   Number of murders

  Murder rate per 100,000 people

Eastern Cape



Western Cape






Free State






Northern Cape



North West