Mapping crime in South Africa

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The Institute for Security Studies CrimeHub has mapped South African crime data from 2005 to 2014. Enter your address to look at crime levels in your police precinct.

Note: There are extensive errors in the 2013/14 SAPS police station data for Kwazulu-Natal and Limpopo provinces. As a result the map only includes crime statistics for those provinces from 2005 to 2012/13. We will update the map with the most recent crime data for KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo once the errors have been corrected.

How to use the Crime Map Viewer

The crime map viewer has been developed to assist you to quickly obtain information about the different types of crime in particular localities. You will be able to to see the crime statistics as for each police precinct in South Africa as recorded by the South African Police Service (SAPS).

The crime map viewer allows you to:

  • Compare the different crime levels of police precincts for specific categories of violent and property crime
  • Compare the annual changes of specific crime categories per year since 2003
  • Annual recording period runs from 1 April to 31 March. For instance, the 2013 release year covers the period 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013.

You can do this by:

  • Type a specific address, suburb, city or province in the “find your address” option.
  • You may zoom in or out to the level of detail you require.
  • Choose the crime category for which you want information
  • Choose the year for which you want information
  • Click on the suburb or street to get a pop-up box of crime statistics for the precinct

To obtain specific statistics for each police precinct on the map that appears before you, simply click on it.  To compare how crime levels have changed between years, choose a different year and click reload.

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  1. By John Horrocks

    Whilst the creation of this crime map for SA is a significant step forward, a glaring error seems to be the “green” status that the “Mpumalanga section” of the Kruger Park has been afforded. Surely with rhino poaching in this area of the park in record numbers, and if every rhino poached represents a crime, it should be red?
    Can this be interpreted that SANparks does not report rhino poaching incidents / statistics to the local SAPS or if they do, they don’t count in police statistics?

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