Mountain Rise crime statistics questioned

2009-09-23 00:00

SCEPTICS are questioning whether the recently released crime statistics for the Mountain Rise police precinct are indeed genuine.

This comes in the light of allegations that surfaced in July, that station commander Director Hariram Badul manipulated crime statistics.

According to the April 2008 to March 2009 statistics, the precinct has once again shown a steady decline in most crimes and in some instances, they have almost halved compared to last year’s figures.

For example, there were 411 common assault crimes from April 2007 to March 2008 and the figure from April 2008 to March 2009 stands at 246. Malicious damage to property has gone down from 216 cases to 104, while crimen injuria cases declined from 30 to 18.

Home burglaries reportedly decreased from 314 cases to 20, while business break-ins declined from 63 to 49.

In total, of the 29 crime categories analysed for the precinct, three displayed the same figure, six showed an increase and 20 recorded decreased numbers.

Sources close to the Mountain Rise police station allege that the cooking of statistics has been going on for some time and despite charges being brought against Badul, two months later nothing has been done.

A well-placed source said: “They’re covering it up and these stats are genuinely not genuine.

They haven’t increased patrols, they haven’t added more manpower, so how can they possibly produce such radical reductions in crime?”

The Democratic Alliance spokesman for safety and security, Senzo Mchunu, said: “I find it hard to believe that some crimes have almost halved, especially if you take into account the allegations regarding the manipulation of statistics at Mountain Rise.”

Mchunu told The Witness he has yet to receive the statistics and that in portfolio committee meetings he has twice called for the reports to be submitted in time so as to allow the committee to play an oversight role regarding crime in the province, and the issue is of great concern.

“You then have situations like Mountain Rise, where allegations of rigging surface before relevant committees can investigate whether the figures are indeed a true reflection,” said Mchunu.

“Clearly one can conclude that what we’ve seen at Mountain Rise can be happening at other police stations in the province.”

Mchunu said allegations about the manipulation of crime statistics are a direct indication of police stations wanting to project themselves as being above board and effective in fighting crime.

However, communities in need of a proper police department are even more vulnerable as they are being turned away for the sake of decreased statistics, he added.

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