Report criminal activities and incidents

2016-05-05 06:00

IT’S only natural these days to resort to social media the moment something life-changing happens, however when it comes to crime incidents, these must be reported to your nearest police station as well.

There are several groups on Facebook where people tell of how they were robbed, hijacked or have became victims of theft. Many say they don’t report the incidents because “the police won’t do anything about it anyway”.

However SAPS spokesperson, Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid, advises otherwise.

“It is of the utmost importance that all criminal activities and incidents are reported to the nearest police station. Any victim of crime has the right to open a criminal case and that a thorough investigation be done by SAPS,” she said.

These incidents are logged onto the SAPS data base which assists with compiling an exact data base of where and when certain crimes take place.

It also assists with crime statistics, which are made public once a year.

“If the SAPS do not receive the complaints, we will not have an exact database of where and when certain crimes occur and therefore cannot do the necessary strategic planning to try to address those crimes,” said Wiid.

She said reported incidents of crime are being monitored at cluster level on a daily basis and the necessary tasking to address those hot spots are given to the relevant role players.

“Complainants, who are not satisfied with the progress of the investigation in their cases, are urged to bring it to the attention of the relevant station commanders or to the office of the cluster commander.”

Contact details, 039 688 1027/1031, fax 039 688 1196 and email kzn.ugu. clstrcmdr@saps.gov.za

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