Crime stats not the key, says top Cape cop

2012-10-03 20:35

Cape Town - The perceptions of communities are a more reliable indicator of crime than national statistics, Western Cape provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer said on Wednesday.

"I don't believe in decreases and increases of crime of more than 10% to 15%, to 30%, 40% percent because something must be seriously wrong in crime [statistics] for it to fluctuate that way," he told the Cape Town Press Club.

"We can celebrate the decreases in crime, but what difference does it make to a baby girl of 18 months who was raped? It doesn't make any sense."

He said the job of the police was to ask how they could go back to a community and change the perceptions of where they lived, or of the government that was tasked with protecting them.

Partnerships with various non-governmental organisations played a key role in keeping an ear to the ground and identifying victims.

Lamoer told reporters the province was afflicted by gang-related violence, substance abuse and illegal firearms.

However, there was also an increasing trend of crimes against women and children.

"For us, the last one is sad and also very serious. Victims of sexual offences are becoming younger and younger ..." the commissioner said.

He said on Wednesday morning alone, he had heard of three young girls who were raped in separate cases, aged four, five and 10.

"It [rapes] is with people that they know: their fathers, their step-fathers."

He said the police had "excellent partnerships" with non-governmental organisations such as Rape Crisis and The Pink Ladies but more was needed to fight such crimes.

The partnership with the provincial social development department, for instance, was "not up to scratch" when it came to abuse.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-03 20:51

    I wish they could make this guy police commissioner! The government just look at statistics, they forget about the people, the victims behind the statistics. If they concentrated on the victims instead, they might not be so delirious about their doctored stats.

      max.reynecke - 2012-10-03 21:12

      I agree with you Sharon, but the corrupt ANC needs the propaganda to keep their voting fodder focused.

      madoda.monamudi - 2012-10-03 21:21

      I am a Police officer I real support what the commissioner is saying I wish the man can be a National commissioner and lead men and woman in Blue. Not this cadre deployment.

      ernie.croucher - 2012-10-04 08:59

      Will not happen,because he knows how to do his job. I don't think he is a "pop" either.

  • madoda.monamudi - 2012-10-03 21:16

    Real u are a Top cop u know what u are talking about I wish I can appoint u as National Commissioner and lead the men and women in South Africa. I salute u Commissioner.

  • keith.recore - 2012-10-03 21:20

    He has some very valid, realisitc and pragmatic comments. What will incentivise the police to do as he suggests?

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-10-03 21:33

    To manipulate statistics is very easy. Why is it then that more and more of ones family / friends talk of being the victim of some sort of a crime if the "stats" show that crime is down.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-04 10:06

    Stating the obvious, the crime stats are thumb suck figures used to appease seniors and have no bases in reality. The truth is that the Police force is actively "brokering" settlements to avoid official cases, and as the 10111 report shows, a large number of cases never even get officially recorded. We must also consider that one of the first act of the ANC was to stop the public publishing of crime stats, so this effort to publish annual stats must be considered to be politically motivated and aimed at maintaining order in a population who would go to war if they knew the true level of crime. unofficial figures estimate white deaths directly resulting from crime since 1994 to be in the region of 68 800, which is one of the reasons Genocide Watch has raised our countries level to "genocide imminent" and is actively pressuring the US and UN to intervene. South Africa is fast becoming another African failure that will be considered for invasion by NATO and the UN in the near future.

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