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Analysis of Robbery in Johannesburg, South Africa: Results of the Fourth International Crime Victim Survey

NCJ Number
Acta Criminologica Volume: 19 Issue: 1 Dated: 2006 Pages: 1-18
J. Prins
Date Published
18 pages
This report presents results from the Fourth International Crime Victim Survey specific to general crime trends and the incidence of robbery in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The survey results confirmed that crime rates have remained reasonably stable since 1999 in the greater Johannesburg area. In regards to the incidence of robbery, the survey confirmed official police statistics indicating an increase in aggravated robbery during the period 2002 to 2004. The survey results confirmed the prominence of robbery as a violent crime among the emergent crime trends. Two national surveys on victims of crime conducted in South Africa in 1998 and 2001 have indicated a decrease in crime. However, while other crimes either stabilized or showed decreases, official crime data reported that aggravated robbery showed an increase during 2002-2003 and 2003-2004. South Africa recently participated for the fourth time in the International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS). The survey was administered to 1,501 research subjects in Johannesburg, South Africa. The data assisted in providing a broader picture in order to contextualize criminal events. The ICVS measured the incidence and nature of robbery in an attempt to understand its appearance and prominence. Figures, tables and references