Crooks wear ties and shirts – Petros

2011-10-07 09:49

Crime in Gauteng is often committed by intelligent, affluent people, provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros has said.

“Crooks in Gauteng don’t wear jeans, they wear shirts and ties. They have beautiful clothes and cars and live in places like Bryanston and Hyde Park,” he said.

Petros was speaking at the Consumer Goods Council of SA’s yearly conference in Johannesburg.

He said the majority of large-scale robberies were conducted through a system of organised planning.

“Look at something like bank robberies. You can’t just go into a bank and rob it. You need to plan. These people are clever and our intelligence units are going to have to be ahead of them.”

He said consumer organisations and businesses were directly affected by the levels of crime in the province.

“The rate of truck hijackings has decreased by 30%. This affects you because most of these trucks are transporting goods.”

He said they would also feel the effect of the decrease in business and cash-in-transit robberies.

“The most important thing we need to find a solution to is ATM bombings because if people are scared to go to the ATMs, then they won’t have money to buy things from your businesses.”

He said police had intensified security in shopping centres from September ahead of the “festive season”.

“People ask, why September, but by November it is already too late,” he said.

“Crime in Gauteng is a business, they also want to close on the 15th of December and go back to their own countries and provinces.

They will then come back on the 6th of January to operate again, so we need to be ready beforehand.”

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