SABRIC Commends SAPS for Speedy Arrest of Criminals

SABRIC Welcomes Arrests in De La Salle Robbery.

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) on behalf of the banking industry would like to commend the detectives of South African Police Service for the speedily arrest of the criminals following the shooting and subsequent death of Mr Dereck Woods who was shot outside the De La Salle Holy Cross College school after allegedly withdrawing a large amount of cash at a banking institution.

We send our heartfelt condolences to the Woods family. The banking industry will continue to support and cooperate with the police in respect of their investigations into such matters. The industry is concerned about the 9.7% increase we have experienced which could be attributed to an increase in reporting. We would also like to encourage banking customers to carry as little cash as possible and consider utilising other alternate banking methods to avoid such robberies. The suspects appeared yesterday and the case has been remanded for further investigation until the 2nd of April. ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN BANKING RISK INFORMATION CENTRE ON BEHALF OF THE BANKING INDUSTRY.

For information on industry measures and any queries contact:

SABRIC Media Liaison

Tel: +27 11 847 3000

E-mail : info@sabric.co.za

Notes to Editors:

SABRIC is a Non Profit 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 commercial 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.