WITH only just two months to the festive period, Hillcrest SAPS are requesting residents be more vigilant and report any crime that occurs. Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith said that the community needs to be aware that failure to report crime will result in the police not knowing where they need to patrol and post members. She said that visible policing is an effective way the police reduce crime and accurate crime statistics play an important role in this.Smith reiterated that a crime statistic is only valid after it has been reported to SAPS. Smith said that many residents feel that once a crime occurs it is over however, this is not the case.“Once cases are reported police can work on linking cases and investigating similar circumstances and work on apprehending suspects.“No matter how trivial or how insignificant you feel the crime is — report it,” Smith said.She added that the Hillcrest SAPS are appealing to the community to work hand in hand with the police to decrease criminal cases in the area.Smith said that, by one reporting cases, it helps police establish crime trends. “We can establish some modus of the criminals and offer tips to residents to be safe. And, most importantly, it will help us put the criminals behind bars.”“We are appealing to the community to work hand in hand with the police so that crime can be decreased over the festive period. “Any criminal activities can be reported anonymously, if they do wish to do so, by phoning the Crime Stop Tip Off line at 08600 10111.“Crime over Christmas is very unpleasant and traumatic, especially for children. Working together we can make a difference,” Smith ended.For more information contact Captain Linzi Smith on 031 765 9137.