MEMBERS of the public are cautioned not to carry large amounts of cash during this festive period. The Tongaat SAPS advised residents to consider other options, including carrying as little cash as possible and consider making use of cellphone banking and internet transfers to pay accounts or ATMs to conduct banking. Police spokesperson in Tongaat Captain Patrick Ngwane said: “We are concerned after recent incidents where people were robbed of their cash or even injured in the process. “This guidance has been issued to prevent such incidents in the future.”TIPS TO AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF CASH ROBBERIES> Refrain from making cash deposits> Never make your bank visits public, even to people close to you> Do not openly display the money you are depositing while you are standing in the bank queue> Avoid carrying money bags, briefcases, or openly displaying your deposit receipt book> It’s advisable to identify another branch nearby that you can visit to ensure that your banking pattern is not easily recognisable or detected> Refrain from giving wages to contract or casual labourers in full view of the public, rather make use of wage accounts that can be provided by your bank> Refrain from driving to the bank in your company branded vehicle on a typical “pay day”Ngwane added: “We would also like to warn all stokvel members to take extra precautions when dealing with large amounts of cash as these types of cases are very prevalent during the festive season when members are sharing money. “Stokvels are advised to arrange with their banks to deposit cash into their accounts. “Citizens are cautioned not to withdraw large amounts of cash or transport large sums for deposits as often criminals have been tipped off and follow people to and from banks with the intention to rob them.” — Supplied.