Police issue pay packet thefts alert

2008-12-10 00:00

Police yesterday warned that poor or inadequate security has made small business targets of criminal elements.

“Our crime pattern analysis also indicates an increase in armed robberies when small businesses pay their workers their weekly wages,” said police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker.

“These businesses pay their workers directly and they often become the targets of criminals.

We urge businesses to arrange that their worker’s wages are paid into their bank accounts.”

Naicker offered the same advice to stokvels as well as companies paying out annual bonuses.

“It is not advisable to be carrying large sums of money in public. However, those businesses that are forced to … are urged to employ more stringent measures when transporting cash. Owners of small businesses are urged to be vigilant … report any suspicious activities to local police or Crime Stop at 0860 010 111.”

He said police are concerned about the spike in robberies on people withdrawing cash at banks.

“The modus operandi … is to follow persons as they leave these financial institutions and rob them of their cash … We want to warn the public to always be alert … ”

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