Cash-in-transit heists continue to spike

eNCA's Ronald Masinda has the story. Courtesy of #DStv403

CAPE TOWN - The easing of the lockdown has seen a spike in cash-in-transit robberies.

What's even more worrying, is that experts say well-organised and heavily armed criminals have adopted a shoot to kill mentality.

The lives of security guards tasked with moving valuable assets are now at great risk.

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One CIT security guard said, "the person that you work with is your enemy. And the people that you work with your controllers they put heavy pressure because remember they don't trust you as well."
 
One law enforcement and crime expert believes the majority of these crimes are committed by those who have inside information.

Coos De Rover said, "when you consider the possibility that cash-in-transit companies have been infiltrated by criminals elements or criminal elements have managed to bribe people within those companies, I will start there I will urge those companies to rescreen all the personnel on their books."

Many of the recent robberies have been committed in broad daylight with criminals using deadly force. 

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This forensic investigator, who has also asked for his identity to be concealed, says communities have a huge role to play in fighting this crime. 

"It is quite common that the CIT crews will go to a sangoma before they go to work."

"Good informants in those communities keep tabs on the sangoma if they see six or eight men arrive at a sangoma they know something is happening imminently."

The spike in cash-in-transit robberies is worrying for the industry. 

Companies face the risk of losing valuable assets while even more concerning is the lives of innocent guards being lost.

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