From The CDM’s Desk
Having built a strong relationship with the SAPS, Atlas Security meets with all the different precincts on a regular basis to discuss the current crime trends, and to find solutions on how we can fight crime together as a collective. Comparing stats we have noted that very often our Atlas Security stats are higher than the SAPS stats. This leads us to believe that people are not reporting crime incidents as they should. It is vital that all crime incidents are reported, that a statement is made, and a case number is received regardless how “small” the crime. By stopping people when it’s a small matter (crime), you may prevent it from becoming a bigger problem later.
Reporting crime is very important for the following reasons:
- Police do not automatically investigate a crime. They can only investigate if the crime has been reported and statement made.
- Reporting the crime is important for accurate crime stats. This gives SAPS more leverage to request extra police officers, vehicles etc.
- It gives the police a time frame and points out “hot spots”
- They might be able to lift fingerprints that can possibly link them to existing or future cases
- Criminals always leave something behind.
- It helps them to determine the modus operandi of criminals
By the public reporting crime SAPS are given a true reflection of crime in an area and are thus able to ensure their resources are targeted in the right places. We therefor urge our community to report ALL crime.