Phiyega lauds partnerships

By Drum Digital
14 October 2013

Phiyega said the partnership had brought down the number of cash-in-transit robberies by 62.4 percent the past four years.

A partnership between the police, Sabric, and Crimeline is key to fighting banking crime, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Monday. She praised the work the SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) had done in helping to fight associated robbery. "As SAPS (SA Police Service), we have a firm belief that the flourishing partnership with Sabric, which we actively support, is bound to assist us in many ways, and has assisted us in that way actively."

Phiyega was speaking at the launch, in Midrand, of Sabric's "carrying cash safely" campaign for the festive season.

"We will be supporting them actively in this campaign, which is appropriately being launched as the festive season draws closer," she said.

Associated robbery is the robbing of a person either on their way to deposit money at a bank or after a withdrawal has been made.

Phiyega said the police would launch its annual festive season operations, under the banner "Duty Calls", in 10 days' time.

"We will certainly be working very closely with all partners [such as] Sabric, Crimeline, and others." During the festive season, social contact crimes such as assault, sexual assault and even murder increased as the public let their guard down. Sabric had been praised internationally for the work it had done in assisting police, and the police hoped to replicate this approach in other areas.

"As SAPS, we are also exploring how this successful case study can be transposed to other sectors where we collaborate," she said.

This year, 1003 cases of associated robbery were reported, versus 1083 in 2012 -- a 7.4 percent drop.

Of this year's cases, 504 took place in Gauteng, a rise of 28; 162 occurred in the Western Cape, a drop of 16; and 129 in KwaZulu-Natal, a drop of 26.

Most associated robberies took place after a withdrawal had been made, with 707 reported this year versus 847 last year.

This year, 231 robberies took place before a deposit was made, against 188 last year.

The remaining cases, 65 this year and 48 last year, took place at other times.

-by Sapa

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