CASHINTRANSIT ROBBERS TARGET KZN
CASHINTRANSIT r obbers ha ve made a home in K waZuluNatal with 3 7 incident s r eported between 201 3 and 201 4.
The r ate has almo st doubl ed y ear on y ear, with annual polic e crime s tatistics p ainting a grim pic ture f or the pr ovince. W ell or ganised and he avily armed r obbers r un rif e, with a cash heis t r ecorded onc e e very 10 da ys.
A polic e s ource said gr oups o ften mo ved between the pr ovinces, and tar geted c ompanies with the w eakest s ecurity c ompliment.
“What w e ha ve s een is that the se g angs r ecruit their member s and then will tak e l ong drives and hit their tar gets al ong the w ay. One gr oup w e ar e tr acking has s tarted in Johannesburg and then c ome t o KZN wher e they hit tar gets and then l eft ag ain,” he said.
The w ellplaced polic e o fficer, who c ould not be named as he is no t authoris ed t o speak t o the pr ess, said the crime s yndicates were highl y or ganised. “The se g uys kno w e xactly what the y ar e doing and the y ar e smart . They hit the armour ed c ars when the y ar e weakest, and that is during pick ups and dropoffs at their sit es. Gone ar e the da ys o f the tr aditional CIT when a l arge g ang w ould ram armour ed c ars o ff the r oad.
“What w e s ee no w ar e c alled ‘ knockers’ or ‘crosspavement r obberies’ wher e the s yndicates hit the s ecurity g uards whil e the y ar e walking t o and fr om the c ars,” he said.