Interesting Facts

Some Interesting Findings:

Some of the statistics and facts on this page may be alarming. But it is hoped that they serve to sharpen everyone’s awareness of the need for vigilance. If you have safety measures at your home, ensure that they are always in place. Be sure to test your security equipment regularly… never be complacent and think that it only happens to other people.

It is in your own best interest to be safe rather than sorry!

Dr. Rudolph Zinn of the School of Criminal Justice at UNISA carried out intensive research on residential robberies and attacks, and interviewed many arrested and convicted robbers.  Although the study was done several years ago many of his findings are still relevant:

  • The average age of a house robber is between 19 and 26 years.
  • An average of 30% of all house robbers have either committed murder, or won’t hesitate to commit murder.
  • Only 17% of house robbers are foreigners.
  • Of all arrested robbers, 90% had no matric or were unemployed. The 10% who had been employed, gave up their jobs  when realising how much they could “earn” from a robbery.
  • Most victims or targets are affluent persons who openly display their wealth, e.g. expensive cars, jewellery, up market homes.
  • Much intelligence is gathered about the target home and its residents by means of inside informationsupplied by domestic workers.
  • Eighty percent of residential robberies are committed with the help of information, often unwittingly provided,  from domestic workers, gardeners and former employees.
  • The robbers will monitor the home and movements for as long as is needed to formulate a plan of attack – sometimes up to two weeks.
  • All gangs research and monitor the response times of armed response companies.
  • Most attacks occur between 19:00 and midnight as people are relaxed, busy cooking or watching TV, and the security systems and beams are not activated. But robberies continue until 04:00 in the morning.
  • The biggest deterrent, confirmed by robbers themselves, are small dogs that are kept inside the home.
  • Alarm systems and armed reaction services are not considered a deterrent. Electric fences, closed-circuit TV (CCTV) and detection beams do, however, deter robbers.
  • Surprisingly, victims of house robberies are only seriously injured in 2% of all incidents.
  • Only 35% of robbers stole for basic needs (hunger, poverty), while 65% enjoyed the money and spent it on clothes, cars, etc.
  • The average robber commits 103 robberies over seven years before being caught.
  • A staggering 97% of all robbers are armed and on average there are four members in an armed robbery gang.
  • Most attackers’ homes or bases are a 10 to 30 minute drive from the target address.