Spike in cash-in-transit attacks as ‘cat-and-mouse’ game between cops, robbers intensifies

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A massive spike in cash-in-transit robberies since the beginning of 2020 shows that the cat-and-mouse game between the police and robbers is picking up again.

This according to Dr Johan Burger, who is a consultant at the justice and violence prevention programme at the Institute for Security Studies.

According to the acting CEO of the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric), Susan Potgieter, 45 cases of cash-in-transit incidents have been reported countrywide since the beginning of the year.Gauteng has recorded the highest number, with 26 reported incidents.

In addition to the increase in robberies, the violence associated with the crime had also escalated, said Burger. On February 11, for example, a security guard was shot in the face during a cash-in-transit robbery on Modderfontein Road in Kempton Park, News24 reported.

According to Burger, figures relating to cash-in-transit crimes have shown a “seesaw effect” over the past years. “This stems directly from the police’s reaction to those crimes and their collaboration with the cash transport industry, as well as Sabric. When they achieve successes, the figures come down, but then we see a rise again.”

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