Police warn of stokvel theft

2011-12-22 21:39

Johannesburg - Police are warning the public to be extra vigilant with their money during the festive season after reports of stokvel money being stolen.

"Always keep your money where it cannot be easily snatched away from you and watch if you are being followed," warned spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker on Thursday.

"If large sums of money have to be kept at home, keep it locked in a safe or somewhere secure so that it does not fall into the wrong hands."

Naicker said reports of family members and friends stealing stokvel money were not uncommon.

"Remember it is those that are closest to you that inevitably leak this information to criminals."

He suggested that people who needed to have large amounts of money available for purchases should use bank cards or electronic transfers as a safer alternative.

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