The safest province in SA is …

Although bordering the three countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Limpopo has experienced the lowest rate of household crimes compared to any other province in South Africa. Photo: Google Maps screenshot of the Limpopo province

Limpopo seems to be the safest province when it comes household crimes, while Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal are a homeowner’s worst nightmare.

According to Crime Stats SA, the worst precinct in 2017 for residential burglaries reported in the last six months was found in Mpumalanga while four precincts in Gauteng and two in KwaZulu-Natal were among the top 10 crime capitals.

Although Gauteng is the smallest province it has the biggest population of more than 14 million (25,3 per cent of the total SA population of 56 + million people, according to Statistics South Africa). It has three metropolitan municipalities. With that in mind, four precincts in Gauteng are among the top 10 crime capitals in the country. Photo: Pixabay. For illustrative purposes.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Stats SA’s Victims of Crime Survey (VOCS) 2016/ 2017 revealed that Limpopo experienced the lowest rate of household crimes compared to any other province.

The Free State followed closely behind its 5,4 per cent with just 5,7 per cent of households having experienced crime during the 2016 /2017 period. In contrast to Crime Stats data, the Western and Eastern Cape shared the number-one spot for the highest percentage of household crime at nine per cent – a full two per cent above the national average.

However, the report also revealed that across the board, overall household crime has decreased over the 2013 to 2017 period – a trend which hopefully will continue into 2018.

The worst precinct in 2017 for residential burglaries reported in the last six months is in Mpumalanga. Photo: Pixabay. For illustrative purposes.

“Safety is one of the biggest concerns for buyers across our nation. Even if your property is located in a low-crime area, safety features can do a great deal towards adding value to any property. If you’re unsure of the crime stats in your suburb, speak to a reputable local agent who can inform you on property trends and statistics in your area,” Goslett concludes.

According to the 2015/ 2016 Crime Statistics report released by Statistics South Africa, trends over the last few years show that criminal activity usually peaks during June and July. On the bright side though, it’s said the worst is behind us and the lowest crime month (November) is still to come.

“Criminal activity is a major concern for all homeowners. For those who are looking for the best place to purchase investment properties, crime stats can provide a useful tool for predicting the upward growth trend in property values. New crime stats by Stats SA are expected to be released in September 2018. Investors would do well to keep an eye out for that report,” explains Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa.

• Source: http://www.remax.co.za.

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