Robberies aimed at retailers decrease

2010-06-02 08:14

The Consumer Goods Council (CGC) says the number of armed robbery

incidents aimed at its retailer members have decreased substantially.

In a statement today, the CGC said armed robberies were now limited

to an average 14 per month since November last year, when the average number of

robberies per month was 25.

The number of armed robbery incidents reported by members decreased

by 44% in the month of April to 14 from 25 in the same month last year, the CGC

added.

“The financial losses suffered relating to these robberies in April

amounted to R391 993, a significant decrease of 89% when compared to the R3.53

million in April of 2009,” the CGC said.

According to Michael Broughton, director of the CGC’s Crime

Prevention Programme, there was a lot of publicity given to armed robberies last

August with the notion that retail crime statistics were on an upward

trend.

“Our view at the time was that it was a spike rather than an upward

trend, and this has been borne out by the year end statistics.”

In spite of the rise in crime during June, July and August retail

crime statistics had remained steady since December and were continuing to

decrease gradually.

When comparing the months March and April 2010, there were nine

robberies in March that took place at shopping centres with a financial loss of

R897 744 and 10 in April with a loss of only R317 416.

Robberies which were targeted at stand alone shops in March were

seven with a financial loss of R138 638 and only four in April with a loss of

R74 532.

“We have focused on a range of measures to make our members’ stores

less attractive to robbers.

“This has paid dividends in that not only have the number of

incidents decreased, but the average financial loss per incident has dropped

dramatically – in some instances five or six robbers got away with less than R1

000,” Broughton said.

However, burglary incidents reported increased during the month of

April.

“Burglary incidents reported by CGC members increased to 37 in

April 2010 from 27 the same month last year.”

Financially this resulted in losses amounting to R1.9 million from

R1.1 million last year, an average of R50 954 loss per burglary.

“Crime prevention is everyone’s responsibility and our members have

recognised this, and have come together to combat the scourge,” Broughton

said.



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