Security and policing expert Dr Johan Burger says crime intelligence is needed in order to put the brakes on increasing cash-in-transit heists.
A total of 378 cash-in-transit heists took place in 2017, according to the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric).
Dr Burger says that figure is the highest its been since 2007, a peak year in which about 467 heists took place.
Dr Burger says the cause for the recent spike can't be determined, but it is linked to a notable rise in aggravated robbery.
He says the police, cash-in-transit industry and Sabric need to cooperate better and coordinate their efforts in order to curtail the heists as they did after 2007.
Dr Burger says that this will require intelligence resources, training, and commitment from police leadership.
We have experienced a dramatic increase in violent crimes, especially aggravated robbery over the last five years.— Dr Johan Burger, Senior Researcher at Institute Of Security Studies
Cash-in-transit heists are a sub-category of aggravated robbery.— Dr Johan Burger, Senior Researcher at Institute Of Security Studies
Meanwhile, four suspects have been arrested after the police found large sums of money at two locations in Ekurhuleni.
The suspected loot was discovered following multiple cash-in-transit robberies over the past week, reports EWN's Barry Bateman.
Dr Burger explains why cash-in-transit syndicates are difficult to pin down and what can be done to arrest the situation.
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