New approach needed for crimes - Phiyega

2012-09-18 16:19

Midrand - More needs to be done to fight crime that is getting more sophisticated by the day, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Tuesday.

"It is important for us as a country to recognise there is much, much more that needs to be done - crime evolves," she said.

"It is getting sophisticated day-by-day, and therefore we cannot use only old approaches to deal with new emerging crimes."

Phiyega was speaking at a news briefing by the Gauteng police and the SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) in Midrand on banking crimes.

Sabric said people making large withdrawals or on their way to make large deposits had often fallen victim to organised crime.

Phiyega lauded the collaboration between police and the banking sector and said it was important for the role-players to work with police.


She said it was important to raise awareness on banking crimes and to educate people to prevent crime from happening.

"We, as the police, are committed through our various platforms to spread the information, to spread the knowledge."

Phiyega said it was important to inform people about the various safer banking methods that could be used.

Sabric CEO Kalyani Pillay said millions of rands had been lost as a result of banking crimes.

She said organised crime syndicates were usually behind this type of crime.

"Crime displaces all the time. You find that if you close the gap in one area it becomes too hot and the syndicates and members of the syndicates start to operate in different parts of the province," said Pillay.

Across the country

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said one of the problems was that criminals were diversifying criminal activities across the country.

"Arrests that we have made - when you profile the people, many of them are coming from Gauteng," he said.

Petros said that provincial police departments were meeting monthly to decrease the "space for criminal activity".

"We are dealing with organised crime, we are arresting them and putting criminals behind bars and we have to ensure that there is prosecution."

Sabric said 717 such robberies had been reported between January and August, compared to 793 in the same period last year.

These figures were people who went back to the banks to report the crime. Petros said it was difficult to release figures, from the police side, as they categorised crime differently.

Gauteng had seen a 38% decrease in these crimes.

  • deicide - 2012-09-18 16:32


  • didi.henning - 2012-09-18 16:44

    It is easy. Keep the politicians out of the justice system. Get the justice system to operate like it is suppose to. Stop wasting tax payer money on defending individuals that are clearly abusing the justice system. Let the police do their jobs that they are paid for. Lock up all the corrupt ministers, Instant drop in crime.

      p.borchard - 2012-09-19 08:32

      *slow clap* Spot on didi!

  • marina.poniatowska - 2012-09-18 16:48

    Ummm, how about trying to solve to more primitive crimes, like murder, rape, assault, house break-ins etc. Before worrying about things you DON'T understand yet?

      bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-09-18 16:53

      agreed, i'd rather me and my wife be victims of credit card fraud than rape and murder

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-18 18:53

      You must remember, to them, Rape, murder, asault and house breaking are not crimes.In Africa They are entrepenurial ways of earning a living like us who have to work for all those goodies.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-18 16:50

    Why don't we start with corruption?

      thabo.lekwane.7 - 2012-09-18 17:19

      Sure i blive very1 will b caught in our goverment.

  • Klaus - 2012-09-18 16:54

    For a start: add HARD LABOUR to sentence, nothing worse for a criminal than to actually work for food & lodging No release until Victims have been fully compensated, thats for a start !

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-09-18 16:59

      Hmmm.. Hard labour for the police! Those fat, lazy cops need to start doing some work to earn THEIR keep.

      lulama.mbelwa - 2012-09-18 18:43

      I really second that, if only our greedy government could implement such it would make a huge difference.

      p.borchard - 2012-09-19 08:39

      Yes Yes Yes!! Jail time has become a holiday camp where nothing expected in return from the criminal. Want a degree and the time to do it? Easy - the tax payer will pay for it while they feed + clothe you and see to your every need. You will have the time to study without working two jobs at the same time to pay for it and keep a roof over your head. Want a doctor, dentist appointment, psychologist, etc - no problem. It is time that life inside is less attractive than out. At this stage it is not.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-18 16:57

    R600 billion x 18 years. There are the real criminals. The poor resort to crime cause they're starving. If all those billions were used for the right reasons we wouldn't have any crime.

  • Billy - 2012-09-18 17:04

    lately its seems like criminals get their ideas from late night action movies on DSTV. maybe the same measures of law inforcement should be

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-09-18 17:05

    Dont get caught out.

  • thabo.lekwane.7 - 2012-09-18 17:13

    Phiyega give the police order 2 kill them like u did @ marikana.

  • - 2012-09-18 17:14

    Shut-up u ugly stupid,u no nothing,what about corruption that is crippling our country,murder,rape and farm killings???? U and Shower man(Zuma) u're the same,by they way how did u land to this position???? Only u and Mr spear knows!!!! Get lost u idiot!!!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-09-18 17:15

    Just bring back the Death Penalty and execute a few monsters.....u will see a drastic drop in criminal activity

      thabo.lekwane.7 - 2012-09-18 17:32

      ITwil start working against Phiyega bcz she killed people @ marikana.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-18 17:27

    No new approach needed, just a no nonsense disciplined response and investigation that a police force is expected to do. And served to the country with loyalty and unhindering belief in the laws and statutes of the country. Nothing fancy, nothing new, PROTECT

  • sisa.mtwana - 2012-09-18 17:32

    Hi, sorry Ms I would like to report a crime . There are people in parliament making laws to increase their own salaries. Please arrest them and send them to jail and through away the keys. It criminal what they are doing, they are stealing people's money/tax's. All those who want them arrested put your hands up.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-18 17:42

    She is against the death penalty (Party policy) except when it comes to protecting Cosatu's desired monopoly with guns. Oh, sorry, she was talking about Bank robbery.

  • enlightened.bowman - 2012-09-18 18:51

    Simple Fight crime. Shoot back.

  • nico.dejongh.90 - 2012-09-18 22:08

    Put 'Information for Reward' all over town. Poor artists can do sketches from information gathered for bucks and the jobless put their eyes where the money talks.

  • Johnson - 2012-09-18 22:11

    Yes start with the SAP, Murders we are now the leading country in the world and you want foreign investment - dream on

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-19 11:58

    I hear you General. Another useless civil servant,completely clueless. Zuma sure picks them.

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