Report crime to Stop Crime

A recent incident has once again highlighted the importance of reporting crime, no matter how insignificant it may seem.


On the 23 January at approximately 11:30, Fidelity ADT Reaction Officer Moyo responded to a call on the community radio from interactive security requesting assistance on St Patrick Street in New Muckleneuk, Pretoria.  Upon arrival at the premises, he saw the suspect trying to flee gave chase and successfully apprehended the suspect. The stolen item was recovered and the suspect was handed over to Sargent Mabuda and Constable Ncube from Sunnyside SAPS.


Upon investigation, it was discovered that the suspect who had attempted to steal a bicycle, was the same person who had been caught stealing a lawnmower on 12 January. A case was not opened so the suspect was set free.


“A large number of crimes simply go unreported because of the nature of the crime or because of a lack of confidence in the system,” says Leon Muller, District Manager at Fidelity ADT.


Muller says selective reporting of crime is problematic as it contributes to the dissemination of misinformation around crime, rather than accurate and contextualised information, which the SAPS and private security companies can then work on to apprehend suspects.


“No matter how big or small or how insignificant you feel the crime is it needs to be reported. If the suspects are apprehended at a later date there is often no charge as there has been no complainant or case number to attach it to!” says Muller.


Here are seven key reason to report crime:

  • It helps with establishing crime trends and provides authorities with invaluable information on how to best allocate resources
  • If a car registration vehicle is reported the SAPS can immediately start tracking the vehicle and carry out stop and search intercepts
  • It helps in understanding both motive and modus of the crime and how crime prevention strategies are being deployed
  • It ensures suspects can be sent to jail once they have been finally apprehended – without a complainant and case number, there is no case
  • It helps the community to better understand and respond to safety issues
  • It can lead to more arrests as your crime could be a critical link to another similar crime and could result in an arrest


A community approach to fighting crime is essential and always pays dividends leading to safer communities. It starts off with a commitment from residents to report crimes accurately and a follow up commitment from SAPS and other influencers in the sector,  like the private security industry,  to follow up on all leads and react proactively to trends and incidents to reduce crime levels,” concludes Muller.