Crime stats: Farm attacks trending

killboer2It is a dark day for the country when its National Commissioner claims that crime is under control, while the murder rate has risen to 16,259 cases per year. This means that almost two murders a day more occurred to bring the total number of murders committed daily to almost 45!

Farm murders shows an even more alarming picture. In the same period farm murders increased by 34% to 68 in 2012/2013 compared to the 50 murders in 2011/2012. Farm attacks increased from 112 cases to 176 cases. Farm attacks in fact are violent crimes against people and not on property. Therefor it can be assumed that many of these attacks are nothing less than attempted murder, which were successfully averted.

“What is even more disturbing is the apparent ignorance of the police in this regard. On the police`s official website the page titled ‘Farm Attacks` under `Crime Prevention` has been ‘under construction’ for months now, leaving the impression that the police do not regard this category of crime as a seriousness matter,” said Mr Henry Geldenhuys, Deputy President of TAU SA and Chairman of the Safety and Security Committee. “Because the police stubbornly refuse to list farm murders as a separate crime category in their statistics, they are not even aware of this alarming increase in farm attacks. Furthermore it has to be borne in mind that TAU SA`s database on farm attacks and farm murders is probably incomplete because it relies on the feedback of members or on media reports which are then verified. Therefore the true picture could be worse,” says Mr Geldenhuys.

Since April 1 this year to date TAU SA`s database lists 37 murders and 110 farm attacks. If this trend was to continue until the end of the current year 74 murders and 220 attacks could be expected, which will represent a further increase of 24%.

“The fact that the National Commissioner considers crime to be under control indicates that farmers should not expect any increased police interest in their problems, and therefore should continue their need to ensure that they are versed in self defence and the upgrading of their physical safety- and security measures,” said Mr Geldenhuys.