Cash-in-transit robbers target KZN

2014-09-20 00:00

CASH-IN-TRANSIT robbers have made a home in KwaZulu-Natal with 37 incidents reported between 2013 and 2014.

The rate has almost doubled year on year, with annual police crime statistics painting a grim picture for the province. Well organised and heavily armed robbers run rife, with a cash heist recorded once every 10 days.

A police source said groups often moved between the provinces, and targeted companies with the weakest security compliment.

“What we have seen is that these gangs recruit their members and then will take long drives and hit their targets along the way. One group we are tracking has started in Johannesburg and then come to KZN where they hit targets and then left again,” he said.

The well-placed police officer, who could not be named as he is not authorised to speak to the press, said the crime syndicates were highly organised. “These guys know exactly what they are doing and they are smart. They hit the armoured cars when they are weakest, and that is during pick-ups and drop-offs at their sites. Gone are the days of the traditional CIT when a large gang would ram armoured cars off the road.

“What we see now are called ‘knockers’ or ‘cross-pavement robberies’ where the syndicates hit the security guards while they are walking to and from the cars,” he said.

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