The Gambia police force has raised serious concerns about the trending rate of reporting of false crimes and has issued a stern warning against anyone found wanting.
This information was revealed to the Press by Demba A Jawo spokesperson of the government during his monthly meet the press briefing.
“GPF has noticed a new trend in false reporting of “non-existent crimes”. The Police will charge any person found to be giving false alert to public officers on the incidents of non-existent crimes,’’ he said
According to Jawo, the police have so far charged two people for falsely alerting the police of a crime that did not take place.
There has been an increase in crime rates of late particularly robbery and murder and the latter according to reports, totals 7 in 2018.
Jawo however, said, crime in itself is not increasing but the reporting of it both at the level of police stations and more focus is given to crimes on traditional and social media.
The restoration of police check points which took effect barely a week ago, has been applauded by many as a step in curbing the escalation of unscrupulous activities in the