Robbers ‘becoming more brazen’

2014-09-20 00:00

BUSINESSES have become soft targets for organised groups of robbers with a 15% rise in incidents.

A total of 2 707 cases of robbery at non-residental premises were reported during the period under review.

Business Against Crime spokesperson Naeem Rahiman suggested business owners had to shoulder some of the responsibility, as opportunities are created by them for crime to happen.

“You find these robberies happen because there is not correct cash handling at these businesses who choose to take cash to banks themselves,” he said.

He said there were many methods that could be used by business owners to prevent or lower the risk for robberies.

“CCTV cameras need to be installed, safer cash pick-up methods must be used and business owners need to work with each other in forums alongside the police,” he said.

While robberies spiked, there was a decrease in burglaries at non-residential premises, which were down by 6,4%.

Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO Andrew Layman felt there was a direct correlation between the increase of business robberies and the decrease in burglaries.

“Robbers are becoming increasingly brazen and it seems they find it more profitable to attack while these business are running during the day because of the cash,” he said.

Layman said the attacks are often violent and involve members of the public. “People who go to businesses either to buy or use their services are also subjected to crimes so it affects the business on many fronts.”

He said that he was happy with the decrease in truck hijackings from last year.

“It seems truck owners are securing their vehicles better so this must be celebrated,” he said.

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