CIT Heists: Crime Intelligence Unit activated

A specialised Crime Intelligence unit is being activated to deal with a spike in cash van robberies. The police’s National Crime Combatting Forum met in Pretoria on Saturday to discuss the crime. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - A specialised Crime Intelligence unit is being activated to deal with a spike in cash van robberies.

The police's National Crime Combatting Forum (NCCF) met in Pretoria on Saturday to discuss the crime, following a robbery at a Fidelity depot, earlier that day.

Also, there was two attempted cash in transit (CIT) robberies in Soweto on Monday.

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It is understood that crime intelligence is being criticised for not thwarting these attacks. It's also believed that the suspects are known to authorities.

The NCCF has agreed to re-activate a Crime Intelligence Unit established last year, to specifically, deal with cash van robberies.

Former Hawks head Johan Booysen has described the situation as a national crisis. 

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"What concerns me is the lack of intelligence from the intelligence agencies. These robberies are planned months ahead. They acquire stolen vehicles, explosives, jammer equipment. The organisation is elaborate. I can't see how it is possible that our intelligence services can't get to the bottom of this, infiltrate these syndicates and expose them."

Among the concerns is the extreme violence of the attacks, which often leaves the police outmanned and outgunned.

Police declined to comment on the NCCF meeting, saying it relates to operational matters.

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In a statement, police say CIT robberies are a priority - and plans are in place to deal with the scourge over the festive season.

Watch the video above for more details.

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