Business Crime Stats

Business Robbery and Burglary

Some disturbing Business Crime Stats


Businesses include government, educational, health, cultural, religious and recreational premises. A possible shift from burglaries to robberies is probably due to target hardening and more often aimed at small to medium-sized businesses (including vendors and spaza or tuck shops).


It is evident that small businesses in formal residential areas in Gauteng were regarded as easier targets by criminals. In most of the provinces, schools were frequently targeted. Computers, food and groceries for feeding schemes, stationary and tools used for maintenance at the schools were preferred targets. At other businesses, cellular telephones, airtime, computers, tools, cash and groceries were the main targets. Due to the high proportion of items without serial numbers stolen, it becomes a challenge to link stolen property recovered when an arrest is made to the crimes committed.

Three The most frequently targeted items were cellular telephones/accessories/airtime, cigarettes, groceries, laptops and alcohol.  The highest number of incidents were reported on Fridays. More than three quarters of them are committed with firearms.  Other instruments used included hammers, crowbars, pangas, stones or bricks and axes. The weapons are in a majority of cases only used to threaten the victims.

The lack of proper security measures contributed to burglaries, particularly at small businesses such as spaza or tuck shops.  As some of the spaza or tuck shops are only constructed of corrugated iron, the owners will probably not be able to implement adequate security measures to safeguard their properties.