Tack­ling high­way rob­bery

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War against cash-in-tran­sit heists steps up with spe­cialised train­ing

In an at­tempt to ad­dress the spate of rob­beries in the cash-in-tran­sit (CIT) in­dus­try and pro­tect CIT se­cu­ri­ties, SBV has opened up their be­spoke se­cu­rity train­ing and cash ser­vices train­ing academies to the se­cu­rity in­dus­try.

Ac­cord­ing to SBV, be­tween Jan­uary and April there were 34 in­ci­dents of cash-in-tran­sit rob­beries in the Eastern Cape, com­pared to nine in the same pe­riod last year. The cash ser­vices’ group CEO, Mark Bar­rett said the train­ing pro­gramme would be fa­cil­i­tated by ex­pe­ri­enced in­struc­tors with mil­i­tary back­grounds who have been ex­posed to CIT rob­beries and at­tempted rob­beries.

“SA’s CIT of­fi­cers are tasked with pro­tect­ing our cash econ­omy and it’s crit­i­cal they are pre­pared to re­act ap­pro­pri­ately,” said Bar­rett.

He said the de­ci­sion to open the train­ing academy was one of their com­mit­ments to col­lab­o­rate with the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor to up­lift the rest of the cash ser­vices in­dus­try and to pre­pare of­fi­cers for any cri­sis they might en­counter while car­ry­ing out their du­ties.

The academies will be based through­out the coun­try and in the Eastern Cape, and lo­cal train­ing would be car­ried out at the EL SBV base and in PE.

More in­for­ma­tion on the train­ing pro­grammes of­fered at the academy, qual­i­fi­ca­tions re­quired and the du­ra­tion of the train­ing can be found by vis­it­ing SBV’s web­site on www.sbv.co.za.


LINE OF FIRE: Mem­bers of the SAPS at the scene in Usher Street, in South­ern­wood, where a SBV cash-in-tran­sit van was dumped by rob­bers.

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