And the leading country for burglaries in the world is…
Not South Africa. It’s Australia. Even New Zealand appears before South Africa. See Nationmaster.com. The statistics site appears to be credible and authoritative, with reviews from the BBC and NY Times and others.
Looks like Clyde Rathbone better emigrate back to Durban.
Ok, but let’s not kid ourselves, SA is most likely (and unfortunately) a leader when it comes to violent crime. But I find these stats are interesting none-the-less if you consider the respective images of Australia and South Africa when it comes to crime — no doubt exacerbated by the expat-emigration winge syndrome we all know so well.
So now the Aussies are vying for our status as the number one crime country. Why do they have to beat us in everything?!?! (Ta Derek).
Update: I emailed some close friends about this (I’m such a little activist) and thought I’d share some of the responses — they’re quite funny:
Marije: probably because they don’t lock their doors.
Derek: those f*&#ers! beat us at everything!!!
Jax: Matt, this is false journalism! Of course Australia is number one, if you base the stats on per capita. We have a much bigger population so it evens out. Even Finland and Denmark are ranked before us!
Grant: Well, the places where you get your hands chopped off are quite far down the list, so maybe…
Murray: Interesting, however to think that Oz people would actually report a crime as something would be done by it.
Jem: Love it! Thanks. Made my non-emigrating day.
Sven: I trust those statistics as much as I trust leaving my gate open in