Cops warn against false reports
Mahikeng - North West police received over 20 false reports during the Christmas weekend alone, a spokesperson said on Friday.
Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said false reporting was "common enough to pose a serious problem due to misuse of police resources which could be allocated to real incidents where real people are affected.
"Even small delays make a big impact on the police's ability to offer an effective service."
Rape and property crimes featured in a significant number of false reports. Rapes were often falsely reported to hide a person's whereabouts, especially in the case of under-18s. False property crimes were reported to defraud insurance companies.
Those who report false crimes risk being charged and found guilty of perjury, with punishment varying depending on the context and circumstances of the case, said Ngubane.
Six cases of perjury had been opened by police since the Christmas weekend.