sapsNews24 reports that according to Dr Johan Burger of the Institute for Security Studies, a massive spike in cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies since the beginning of 2020 showed that the cat-and-mouse game between the police and robbers was picking up again.  

According to the acting CEO of the SA Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric), Susan Potgieter, 45 cases of CIT 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.  He pointed out that figures relating to CIT 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," Burger noted.  Looking at the current situation, Burger said it was alarming that there appeared to be a new spike and went on to comment as follows:  "Thirty-five incidents in less than two months is problematic.  If one was to project that figure to the rest of the year, it is quite terrifying.  I am very worried."  Burger said the increase could be attributed to new syndicates that have started operating.  He opined that more successful crime intelligence could help curb the problem.


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