Police fix 'minor' car and cattle crime stats glitch

2015-10-02 12:07
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Cape Town – Police have worked around the clock to fix a “minor systematic error” that showed some stations as having zero crimes related to cars and cattle.

When crime statistics were released in Parliament on Tuesday, some journalists had questioned the lack of data in some columns, especially for densely populated or crime-ridden areas.

National police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said they soon discovered there were discrepancies with some of the station statistics, particularly with vehicle hijacking, vehicle theft and stock theft.

He assured the figures for provinces were, and remained, correct.

“A technical team comprising of statisticians and [information technology] experts have since worked around the clock up until 5am [today] and the problem was rectified,” he said.

“Now the nation at large and anyone with interest in the statistics can rest assured the figures reflected in all crime categories on our system are correct and a true reflection of what happened and was captured.”

Much was made on Tuesday of the collaboration between the SA Police Force and Stats SA with both entering into a memorandum of understanding in April.

This meant Stats SA provided technical support to the police in its production of policing data, crime statistical definitions and counting rules.

The police apologised for any inconvenience the glitch may have caused.

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