SABRIC acknowledges the release of the past years crime statistics by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, and remains very concerned about the high number of violent CIT robberies that have taken place this year.
The police and CIT companies are working closely together to put various measures in place to prevent further attacks. In addition, CIT companies are also doing everything possible from their side to mitigate these incidents, which includes investing significantly in the safety of their vehicles.
Despite implementing these measures, cash in transit-armoured vehicles are still violently attacked by large groups of between 15 and 20 criminals, all heavily armed with automatic rifles. They use commercial explosives to access the secure vaults on these armoured vehicles, rendering them a write off due to the damage caused by the explosives. The majority of these attacks are perpetrated in rural areas in and around the provinces around Gauteng.
The CIT companies also make use of protection devices to secure the cash they carry between the armoured vehicle and their respective service points. Unfortunately, armed criminals brazenly walk up to the guards carrying these devices and either shoot or threaten them, forcing them to hand them over.
The banking industry also continues to use dye stain technology in their ATM’s and will continue to do so as per the South African Reserve Bank technology guidelines.
SABRIC, the banks as well as the cash-in-transit industry will continue to work closely with the SAPS and the DPCI to operationalise plans to curb these type of incidents, and acknowledge that crime fighting is a collective responsibility.
“We are also hoping that significant arrests will be made in the near future to eradicate these attacks”, says SABRIC CEO, Kalyani Pillay.
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Notes to Editors:
SABRIC is a NPF company formed by South African banks to support the banking industry in the combating of crime. SABRIC’s clients are South African banks and major CIT companies. Its principle business is to detect, prevent and reduce organised crime in the banking industry through effective public private partnerships. SABRIC co-ordinates inter-bank activities aimed at addressing organised bank related financial crime, violent crime and cybercrime, and acts as a nodal point between the banking industry and others, in respect of issues relating to these crimes. The creation of public awareness of various bank related crimes and educating the public on how to protect themselves is one of SABRIC’s key focus areas. For more on SABRIC visit www.sabric.co.za