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crime & crime prevention on public transport

By Oliver Page, Prudence Moeketsi, Willem Schurink, Leseli Molefe and David Bruce

Aspects of crime and crime prevention on public transport discussed and analysed in the book include:

  • Types and extent of public transport criminal activity (against the commuter as well as transport provider); Drive-by shootings against minibus taxis and their impact; Fare evasion and strategies to reduce the extent of the problem;

  • Community/commuter on-board crime prevention strategies;

  • Formal crime prevention strategies, i.e. the different types of formal interventions used by transport providers in South Africa;

  • Vigilantism and on-board criminal activity;

  • Crime prevention through environmental design;

  • The development of a community based model of crime prevention on public transport;

  • The results of a survey of approximately 2000 commuters in Durban, South Africa as to their experience and witness of crime on public transport; and

  • International comparisons of crime prevention strategies used on public transport, using the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom as benchmarks.

This publication is an academically sound research report which probes the holistic scope of crime-related phenomena pertaining to the public transport industry and the modes it represents in South Africa. The basic research findings are therefore pertinent to a broad variety of stakeholders and users of the public transport industry in general.

From a tuitional point of view, the report may serve as additional study material for final-year social science students, especially in the fields of criminology, sociology and criminal justice studies, as well as in police management, traffic safety services and security management.

The work will be of particular use to university students whose development will be facilitated by the investigation and analyses of social problems, and more specifically by the example of how a social problem can be researched and possible outcomes ascertained.


Crime in South Africa is a symptom of deeper socio-political issues. Public transport is one of the areas where such criminal activities are focused to the detriment of users and operators. This often results in modal shifts and a resultant lack of patronage for the affected modes of transport. 

Crime and Crime Prevention on Public Transport is a well-structured publication which provides a detailed overview of the nature, extent and the types of crimes that are perpetrated on the various modes of public transport in an emerging market economy, such as South Africa. It is significant in that it describes the underlying causes of crime and the factors that contribute towards it. It also recommends measures to address criminal activities. 

The work will be of value to a wide variety of stakeholders involved in public transport provision and public transport safety. For the transport policy and planning specialist, the report provides focus areas for improvement which will assist in lowering crime in general. 

Head: Department of Transport and Logistics Management
Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg.

(Item 6691) full colour, 2001, 412pp

SA price R293,00 (VAT incl)

Countries in Africa R292,00 (airmail incl)

US $46.70 (airmail incl)

GB 30.40 (airmail incl)