However, there were still 29.7 percent fewer of these crimes than nine years ago and 18.7 percent less than four years ago, Mthethwa said at the release of the 2012/2013 crime statistics in Pretoria.
Residential burglaries increased by 3.3 percent in the past financial year, and non-residential burglaries by 1.7 percent over the same period.
In the 2012/2013 financial year:
— theft out of motor vehicles increased by 3.6 percent;
— commercial crimes increased by 0.6 percent;
— car hijacking increased by 5.4 percent;
— robbery at residential premises increased by 3.6 percent;
— truck hijacking increased by 14.9 percent;
— drug-related crime increased by 13.5 percent; and
— cases of drunk driving, or driving under the influence of drugs, increased by 1.5 percent.
Source : Sapa