- Police have reported a spike in CIT attacks recently with heists taking place daily
- The security industry is concerned with the current trend and are working the police task team set up to combat the attacks
- The attacks are being carried out by sophisticated syndicates who are highly organised
Cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies have increased across South Africa with heists taking place daily. A number of attacks have taken place which made headlines in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
A national task team has been set up by the police to take steps to stop the attacks. The security industry is concerned by the current trend.
Fidelity Security Services, Charnel Hattingh said that the attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated with highly organised syndicates targeting CIT vans according to the SABC.
Fidelity's internal investigation teams are working with the police. Hattingh said that the poor economic environment and high unemployment has exacerbated the situation.
eNCA reported that experts believe the crimes are being committed by people who possess inside information.
Coos De Rover urged companies to look closely at their own employees and he believes that CIT companies have been infiltrated by criminal elements.
Earlier, Briefly News reported that the South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested a Fidelity security guard for allegedly stealing millions of rand.
The suspect worked with a three-man team who facilitated the drop off and collections from ATMs on 5th April 2021.
When they returned, one guard was dropped off outside the entrance to the company base at Edenvale, another guard parked the armoured car while the third guard, the suspect, loaded millions of rand into his private car.
He left the premises without being searched. A case of theft was opened with the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation team.
They tracked down the suspect and arrested him, seizing his vehicle in the process as it was allegedly used in a commission of a crime.
In other news, following ongoing protests in the Gqeberha area in the Eastern Cape, various truck drivers have been robbed of their cargoes. In the latest video circulating on social media, a truck carrying goods is seen being stopped by angry protesters who later help themselves to the cargo.
While many social media users are asking why the truck driver stopped the vehicle in the first place, some have lamented the criminality. Posted by SA Long Distance Truckers on Tuesday, the Facebook page said the incident happened in the Eastern Cape province.
Various media reports surfaced earlier this week that thousands of commuters in Gqeberha were left stranded on Tuesday morning when taxi drivers from the Uncedo Taxi Association and Port Elizabeth District Taxi Association (PEDTA) protested, bringing part of the city to a standstill.
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