CIT ROBBERIES SPIKE NORTH WEST, EASTERN CAPE
Rustenburg – The alarming increase in cash in transit (CIT) heists in Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West – particularly around Rustenburg – are an concern, said Wahl Bartmann, CEO of Fidelity Services Group.
“There is no doubt that we are seeing isolated spikes in vehicle attacks in these more outlying areas,” said Bartmann.
“Between January and June this year there has been a total of 127 incidents with 32 injuries and 1 fatality. Rustenburg in particular is a problem-area.”
Bartmann added that it appears as if earlier syndicate groups are now re-emerging and targeting these vulnerable areas. “We are working with SAPS to address our concerns and are liaising with other role players in the industry to determine the root cause of these attacks.”
“At Fidelity we have invested a lot of time, money and research into developing and applying technological defence mechanisms and in the training of our highly skilled officers. We have successfully defended a number of the attacks but believe urgent attention is needed as we approach the second half of the year.
The festive season is traditionally a vulnerable time, when CIT incidents increase. The majority of the heists are vehicle bombings and not only do these account for the biggest financial loss, but they often lead to fatalities as well and this is unacceptable,” he concluded.
Fidelity Services Group press release, July 2019
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