Media coverage of crimes could breed copycats - Phiyega

2015-09-29 21:14
General Riah Phiyega (File, Tammy Petersen, News24)

General Riah Phiyega (File, Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - Media coverage of crimes such as mall robberies offers potential lessons for copycats, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday.

"You know when you go to [the internet] to learn how to fix a car, people also learn how to do that [with crime in the media]," she told journalists.

During her presentation of the 2014/15 national crime statistics in Parliament, she had commented that the quantity of media coverage could have a "direct influence or breed further perpetration of crime".

She later clarified that reporting was a double-sided coin and there was a lot of good being done.

"Through publications and stories that go out, there is also very good crime-prevention awareness that is being done," she said.

"I really believe media has a critical role to work with us and assist us."

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