Here are 6 stories delving into the national crime trends based on the latest statistics released by Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Police Minister Bheki Cele and his team on Thursday presented a dismal report on the latest crime statistics with contact crimes such as murder and sexual offences increasing.
There is a steady fall in shoplifting, and other crimes like cash-in-transit heists, which were prevalent last year, dropped by 1.7%.
And while police say bank robberies have decreased by nearly 70%, the South African Banking Risk Information centres says the opposite.
Which is the is the kidnapping capital of the country? This police station saw an increase of 14.7% in kidnappings in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
While there has been a decline of 6.2% of murders in Nyanga, it remains the place where the most murders in the country take place. Five other police stations in Cape Town fall in the top 10 areas where murders are reported.
Compiled by Maxine Becket