Stop lying to us – cops

2011-12-30 12:19

North West police received more than 20 false reports during the Christmas weekend alone.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said today 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 have a big effect on the police’s ability to offer an effective service,” said Ngubane.

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 reported false crimes risked 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.

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