Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Monday, April 23, 2007

Crime stats
Where government falls short, NGO's step in. So it is with crime statistics, where the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention has built an interactive mapping service based on police crime statistics. With the tool, you can easily view your suburb against theft and murder statistics. Macabre perhaps, but interesting.

The tool highlights how murder per population density is actually higher in remote areas than urban areas. Whilst obviously not higher in absolute terms, it shows that it actually 'safer' to be in urban areas than rural in terms of the chances of being murdered in South Africa. Good to know!