One in three households do not go to open spaces or walk alone in parks‚ and one in five households do not allow their children to play on their own in the area they live. This is according to Statistics SA’s latest Victims of Crime Survey. The finding prompted an emotional response from SA’s number crunchers — who even quoted Albert Einstein saying "play is the highest form of research". The report was entitled‚ "And the streets fell silent: How crime impacts the everyday". "It has been said that a child’s laughter could simply be the most beautiful sound in the world and that children learn through play. But what happens when children’s opportunities to play are stifled by the reality of crime in their neighbourhoods?" Stats SA asked.

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