Muggings on the rise near taxi ranks, bus stations

Muggings are on the increase in South Africa. Year on year stats show a spike. Many of these street crimes occur near public transport nodes such as bus and taxi ranks. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Crime experts want police to declare street robberies a priority crime as it often leads to more serious offences.

The number of muggings in South Africa is increasing at an unrelenting rate.

Crime statistics have shown a marked spike in the number of muggings year-on-year, most of which happen near taxi ranks and bus stations.

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Armed robberies are up by almost 40 percent since 2012.

Half of these 80,000 reported crimes are street robberies or muggings, which often happen near public transport nodes.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says police need to change the way they respond to street robberies.

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The ISS says muggings often lead amateur criminals deeper into the underworld.

Some of those carrying out the muggings say they’re forced into committing these crimes.

The police did not respond to requests for comment but noted in the crime statistics that street robberies remain a serious concern.

Crime experts want police to declare street robberies a priority crime, as it often leads to more serious offences. The number of muggings in South Africa is increasing at an unrelenting rate. Courtesy #DStv403

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