The Importance of Reporting a Crime
Report ALL crime: The South African Police Service (SAPS) needs to know what is happening in our area to focus their efforts properly.
For example: In April Henley on Klip area had 10 attempted residential break-in incidents. Seven were not reported; 3 because nothing was taken. Crime stats were out by 27%.
As a result, SAPS do not consider Henley on Klip to be a crime hotspot and do not respond or allocate resources accordingly.
Reporting a crime is very important:
- SAPS can only investigate if a crime has been reported and a statement made.
- Reporting provides accurate crime stats – more leverage to request extra officers, vehicles etc.
- It gives the SAPS a time frame and points out “hot spots”.
- SAPS might be able to lift fingerprints that could link to existing or future cases.
- Criminals always leave something behind.
- It helps SAPS to determine the modus operandi (MO) of criminals.
Report all incidences of crime, including trespassing.
Make a statement.
Get a case number.
Source: HCPF Patrol Meeting Minutes 7 May 2019
South African Police Service – Reporting a Crime
This service is provided to any person who is a victim of crime. To report a crime is free of charge and all the necessary documentation will be completed by a police official.
A case docket will be opened, and the crime will be investigated, effect the arrest of suspects and present the case to the courts for prosecution.
When you have been a victim of crime, you can contact the police by dialling 10111 in case of an emergency or going to your nearest police station to report the crime.
If police officials attend the crime scene, they will obtain a statement from you and witnesses if possible. The police official will register the case in the SAPS Crime Administration System (CAS) at the police station. The complainant will receive a CAS number via SMS or telephonic that needs to be kept as reference for future enquiries regarding the criminal case.
If you visit the local police station to report a crime, you will be attended to in the Community Service Centre by a police official. The police official will first interview you and then take a statement from you. The reported crime will be registered in the CAS. You will be given a CAS number which must be used for all enquiries regarding the reported criminal case.
The completed case docket is allocated to a police detective who will carry out the investigation. All enquiries can be directed to the detective.
The detective in charge of the particular case will complete the investigation and present the docket to the relevant court for prosecution. The detective will keep you informed of any progress including when to attend the court hearings.