SABRIC (The South African Banking Risk Information Centre) has expressed outrage at last night’s Cash in Transit heist at OR Tambo International airport. “The brazenness of the criminals involved, as well as the ease with which access was gained to such a secure area is of huge concern to us”, says Kalyani Pillay, CEO of SABRIC.
It is evident that the heist was executed using accurate information, which resulted in the criminals getting away with millions of rand in cash. This incident exacerbates an already dire situation of attacks on cash in transit vehicles and staff.
During 2016, SABRIC recorded 269 CIT incidents nationally compared to 249 incidents in 2015. For the period 2017 YTD, 57 incidents have been recorded thus far.
“We know that syndicates perpetrating these kinds of crimes are highly skilled and organised”, says Pillay. “We trust that law enforcement authorities will make an early breakthrough in their investigations and bring the criminals responsible to book.”
Through leveraging on its partnerships with banks, cash in transit companies, government and law enforcement, SABRIC is fully committed to supporting investigations to ensure that perpetrators are prosecuted.
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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 and violent crime and acts as a nodal point between the banking industry and others, in respect of issues relating to crime. 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