Cash-in-transit heists surge

The Cash-in-Transit Association of South Africa (CITSA) says cracking down on illegal access to explosives by law enforcement would assist in the fight against cash-in-transit robberies.

CITSA’s Grant Clark says law enforcement need to investigate where criminals get explosives from

“If you take the explosives out of the equation, that’s when we’ll see less CIT robberies occurring and that’s where we need to concentrate because all these criminals do is come with more explosives and nothing can sustain one or two kilograms put on these vehicles. We’ve seen the damage that is done when these explosives go off.

Almost 250 cash-in-transit robberies have taken place this year alone. That’s a 30 percent increase from the same period last year.

More than 10 cash-in-transit heist this month alone have been reported. This weekend, the N12 in Joburg was closed off following a CIT robbery when a cash van went up in flames. Crime experts say we have yet to reach the busiest months heists season.

“Police are busy with an exercise where they are putting stricter measures in place in terms of the control over explosives at the mines as well as where explosives are issued, the accountability for where they are used, so there is no surplus that can be sold off,” said Clark

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