Community urged to be wary of police impersonators

2016-12-14 06:02

THE management of Amanzimtoti SAPS pleads with the community to be alert of criminals acting and impersonating police officers and then robbing them of their money.

A few cases have been opened where the same modus operandi is used in the greater Durban area.

“There is a group of men operating in Durban posing as police officials. SAPS is investigating this alarming matter and it is important to help prevent any future incidents and to apprehend such criminals in our communities by being proactive,” Captain Charlene van der Spuy warned.

She said the criminals are operating as a group of individuals wearing SAPS uniform. They are known to approach a person with the knowledge that such individual is carrying a large amount of money.

“The criminals will then say that there has been a case of bank robbery opened and they will further inform the victim of the exact amount of money that the individual is carrying or have withdrawn. They will then search the person, and of course, find the exact amount of money mentioned earlier to you and then they will outplay a false arrest,” Captain van der Spuy cautioned.

Members of the community should follow the following prevention measures:

· Do not to withdraw large amounts of cash money, rather transfer it into the accounts of the individuals or businesses you need to make those large deposits into, even when paying your bills.

· Ensure that only one person you trust knows that you are withdrawing that amount of money.

· In case of stokvels withdrawals, members withdrawing the money should not let the other members know the date the money will be withdrawn and should rather opt to pay it into people accounts.

· Residents are urged to opt for credit card payments if they are to purchase goods which will need a large amount of money.

What you should do in case of a similar occurrence?

· Keep calm.

· Ask the police to produce their appointment certificates before they search you. If they refuse to do that, never allow them to search you.

· If you are searched by force, call the police as soon as they are gone.

· Do not go or run after them. Take as much details about them as possible, details such as (complexion, height, appearance and if they are using a car, try to remember the number plate).

“SAPS members are dedicated in keeping the community safe, it is sad that criminals will go to any length to successfully commit a crime, even that of impersonating a police officer. SAPS appeal to the community to be vigilant and to phone 10111 or your nearest police station. They encourage the community to work with the police to ensure police success in apprehending this group of police impersonators,” Captain van der Spuy said.

Together we can fight crime and keep our communities safe.

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