How to investigate the NPA robbery

International law enforcement expert Lobo Das Neves, who trained at the FBI, talks to 702's Bongani Bingwa.

Commenting on Sunday night's break-in at the National Director of Public Prosecution's offices in Pretoria, he says two things should be in place in an organisation such as the NPA.

  1. All date security online needs to be maintained.

  2. All devices that contain sensitive information should be password protected and should include fingerprint and iris scan components.

This burglary follows a spate of others also at law enforcement buildings in recent times.

One would assume access to these spaces is strict.

Lobo Das Neves, International law enforcement expert

How would the investigation proceed?

Incidents like this would require a two-tiered approach, he explains.

Firstly, an internal investigation should be carried out "to determine whether the computers and data were lifted by a staff member."

Secondly, an investigation to determine whether an external party could have gained access to the premises.

It is an embarrassment that leaders of law enforcement in this country have laid themselves open to offences like this in their own house.

Lobo Das Neves, International law enforcement expert

He says the seriousness of the theft depends on what is on those computers.

He says maintaining confidence with your confidential informants and witnesses is absolutely crucial or their lives could be at risk. Vigilance of this kind of sensitive information is essential.

He adds that it is important to find out if various robberies at law enforcement offices recently are linked or merely a coincidence.

Take a listen to Lobo Das Neves below to hear more about what is required in an investigation such as this one:


This article first appeared on 702 : How to investigate the NPA robbery


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