Call to report crime, it’s your duty

Comment on this story
IOL pic jun23 crime scene tape blue yellow . .

Johannesburg - If you don’t report a crime, you not only risk losing an insurance claim, you are failing your duty as a South African citizen.

This is the message from an insurance company who said 1.7 million crimes committed in South Africa go unreported to police, according to a survey.

However, criminologist Dr Jackie de Wet has warned that although there is a proven phenomenon of underreporting crimes, it is difficult to determine whether this figure is accurate.

Insurance company Dial Direct warned that most insurers won’t pay out a claim if the crime was not reported within 48 hours.

They referred to a report based on a survey from the Institute for Race Relations which said that 1.7 million crimes - including 82 000 house robberies and 8 000 hijackings - went unreported in 2011 while 3.3 million were officially recorded.

John October of Dial Direct urged victims to report crimes.

[email protected]

The Star

sign up

Comment Guidelines

  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

  5. Verified email addresses: All users on Independent Media news sites are now required to have a verified email address before being allowed to comment on articles. You are only required to verify your email address once to have full access to commenting on articles. For more information please read our comment guidelines