No 1 crime in South Africa is housebreaking

There are 1,3 million housebreaking/robberies reported, affecting 5,8% of households in South Africa.

In 2018/19 there were about 260 000 incidences of home robberies.  This affected 1% of all households in South Africa. The most common victims of home robbery were households in metros, white-headed households and households headed by young people.

The main victims of housebreaking are: male-headed households; households in metros; Indian/Asian households; white households. Both low and very high-income households were affected.


Approximately 48% of housebreaking incidents are reported to the police.  The most common weapons used in home robbery were guns (54%) and knives (47%).

Number one crime in South Africa

This survey was redesigned into the GPSJS.  This was to allow for new information required on governance.

Two reports from the GPSJS has been published (governance themes and victims of crime).

The Governance, Public Safety and Justice Survey (GPSJS) 2018/19 – released by Stats SA.

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