10111 logs over 7 million hoax calls

2013-10-27 11:20
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Johannesburg - It has emerged that although the police are often behind crimes themselves, the public is also to blame in terms of wasting their time.

In the recently released 2012/13 annual report, it was found that 71% of nearly 10 million calls to the 10111 emergency number were hoax calls. This includes abusive calls and other calls not emergency related, reported the Sunday Times.

In that time, police also searched for nearly 56 000 cattle, over 89 000 sheep and almost 35 000 goats that were reported stolen. They also conducted about 46 000 roadblocks, searched more than 20 million people and over 7 million vehicles and attended to 660 hostage and suicide incidents.

The report meanwhile also notes that of the 800 posts in the forensic division, almost half are vacant.

Increase in crime

Meanwhile, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said last week that police are bracing themselves for an increase in crime as the festive season approaches.

She said that police start to see an increase in armed robberies in shopping centres and spaza shops, as well as more frequent attempts at cash-in-transit heists from around October each year. As such, counter-measures were already being taken and operations to ensure a safer festive season would start this month.

She said during the holiday season police across the country faced increases in crimes that were generally low throughout the year.

In the so-called "empty" provinces, such as Gauteng, police experienced an upward trend in housebreakings, while at holiday destinations there was more contact crime.

"As liquor outlets and drug dealers enjoy a boom in business we experience an upsurge in social contact crimes such as assault, rape, other sexual offences, and domestic violence."

During this period police were forced to perform duties besides their core responsibilities of crime prevention and detection.

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