The Q2 2017 Bryte Crime Tracker measures the annual change, on a quarterly basis, in crime-related claims (due to hijacking, robbery, theft and malicious damage) committed against South African businesses.
The key trends for the period April to June 2017 include:
- 7.7% contraction in overall crimes against business in Q2 2017 compared to a 2.7% contraction in Q2 2016.
- A 7.1% decline in theft against businesses in Q2 2017.
- Drop in incidents of contact crime (robberies and hijackings), following a sharp increase in Q4 2016.
- 20.7% reduction in malicious damage (to fixed and movable assets) compared to 5.7% in Q2 2016.
Although the data reflects an improvement in the overall exposure of businesses to crime, damage owing to protest action remains a concern. Further evidence suggests that the same crime syndicates target both businesses and homes. The consequences of any crime and loss are severe, therefore it is helpful to share information and tips with customers to ensure they proactively reduce their exposure through better risk decisions.
We hope our Crime Tracker will assist you in advising customers on the potential risks they, and their respective businesses, could face and the best ways to mitigate against them.