21 convicted robbers reveal how they organise cash in-transit crimes

University of South Africa (Unisa) lecturer, Dr Hennie Lochner, has interviewed 21 convicted cash in-transit robbers, in order to find information that might help police fight this crime.

The study reveals that robbers plan the operation for five months. Lochner says the longest planned operation took one year and two months.

Let’s say they want to do a heist and need 15 members, they would recruit from well known cash in-transit robbers who were involved with them in other in-transit robbers. These people are professionals.

Dr Hennie Lochner, Unisa lecturer

Many people think that cash in-transit robbers are people who have military experience, but Lochner says his study revealed the opposite.

I could find one respondent who was military trained.

Dr Hennie Lochner, Unisa lecturer

The weapon of choice is the AK47, R5 and R4. AK47 because of our past. R5 and R4 because they are easily accessible.

Dr Hennie Lochner, Unisa lecturer

He says these criminals are very dangerous and most intelligent.

All of them are educated. Two of them have received a degree. Two of them are still in third year. One is doing masters degree. They are intelligent people.

Dr Hennie Lochner, Unisa lecturer

So we can say that their operation is intelligence driven.

Dr Hennie Lochner, Unisa lecturer

Lochner says some of the children of these convicted robbers study overseas.

These people spend the money on the following, motor vehicles, clothes, and prostitutes and women.

Dr Hennie Lochner, Unisa lecturer

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