False reports a rising issue

2018-07-24 06:00
PHOTO: phindile shoziHillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith.

PHOTO: phindile shoziHillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith.

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HILLCREST police have warned the community against opening fake cases for insurance purposes. This after police noted an increase in cases of false reports in the province.

According to Hillcrest SAPS communications officer Captain Linzi Smith, the law of signing a declaration form if a person is opening a case was reinforced last year because of the increase in false claims.

“The form is to ensure that the person is giving out the correct statement and, if not, they will be charged with perjury,” she said. She said that if a person gives a false statement for whatever reason, be it for insurance or otherwise, they could face the full brunt of the law: “There will be no tolerance for false cases,” she said.

Smith said that false reports affect the police crime statistics and give an incorrect analysis of actual crime. Smith also said that false reports can result in police being pulled away from patrolling in areas where there are high levels of criminal activity.

“If we got an increase in house break-ins in a particular area [because of false claims], then our focus is to up the patrols in that particular place. That might hinder us from patrolling areas where the crime levels are actually on the increase. This will mean we have wasted police resources and that’s why the law of signing the declaration form was reinforced,” she explained.

Smith warned against opening false cases as this is seen as fraud. Person’s that are found to be submitting these false documents could be found guilty of perjury and could face jail time. To find out more contact Smith on 031 765 9100.

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