Internal crime at SA Post Office drops 34%

2010-11-03 10:43

Internal crime in the SA Post Office (Sapo) had dropped by a third, CEO Motshoanetsi Lefoka said today at the release of Sapo’s annual results.

“Postal crime went down by 34% in the year under review, with a total of 1 535 incidents reported,” Lefoka said.

“This should be seen against the background of the company delivering roughly 6 million mail items per day.”

Sapo said theft had dropped 44%, while fraud at Postbank went down 18% after a 19% reduction the previous year.

Sapo had handed over 122 cases to the police, resulting in the arrest of 122 people. Of these, 67 were employees.

The number of incidents in which Sapo had been the victim of crime dropped by 25%.

Vehicle hijacking was down 43%, armed robberies dropped 26%, cash-in-transit heists dropped 25% and housebreaking 10%.

“We took physical and procedural precautions, including steps to make assets of Sapo less attractive as targets.
Examples include equipping our vehicles with satellite tracking as well as reducing cash held at outlets,” Lefoka said.

The state-owned enterprise spent R32 million on reinforcing security at 215 high-risk and new post office outlets. A further R30 million was spent on installing electronic security systems at the six biggest mail-processing centres.

Lefoka said postal crime could be reported anonymously to the crime hotline on 0800 020 070.

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