Man arrested for possession of an illegal firearm, how do you protect yourself from cash robberies?

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Osizweni SAPS is determined to eradicate crime from within its community, constantly pursuing the ends of justice.

Recently, the Osizweni Policing Area joined forces with the Osizweni Crime Prevention Unit and the Newcastle Public Order Police Unit to conduct an intelligence-driven operation.

This follows the Osizweni police receiving information on criminal activity taking place at the Jakaalspan area, Osizweni.

At a house in Jakaalspan, the team of officers recovered one black Norinco 9mm pistol and two live rounds of 9mm ammunition, as well as one empty magazine and a holster.

Captain Jabulani Ncube, Newcastle SAPS spokesperson, says the 28-year-old suspect was promptly taken into custody for the being in possession of illegal ammunition.

While the suspect is in police custody and court proceedings taking place at Madadeni Magistrate Court, Captain Ncube is urging residents to practice caution in order to avoid falling victim to cash robberies. 

“If you need to pay accounts, consider options that are lower risk instead of withdrawing large sums of cash,” he says.

Captain Ncube also encourages people to apply the following safety measure:

  • Carry as little cash as possible
  • Consider the convenience of paying your accounts electronically (consult your bank to find out about other available options).
  • Consider making use of cell phone banking or internet transfers or ATMs to do your banking.
  • Captain Ncube also encourages local business to safeguard themselves from brazen criminals.

He further states small businesses which are cash-based and need to deposit money on a regular basis, should apply the following tips to minimize the chances of robberies:

  • Alternate the days and times on which you deposit cash.
  • Never make your bank visits public, even to people close to you.
  • Do not openly display the money you are depositing while standing in the bank queue.
  • Avoid carrying money bags, briefcases or openly displaying your deposit receipt book
  • It’s advisable to identify another branch nearby that you can visit to ensure that your banking pattern is not easily recognisable or detected
  • If the amount of cash you are regularly depositing is increasing as your business grows, consider using the services of a cash management company
  • Refrain from giving wages to your contract or casual labourers in full view of the public rather make use of wage accounts that can be provided by your bank
  • Refrain from driving to the bank in your company branded vehicle on a typical payday.
  • Consider arranging for electronic transfers of wages to your contract or casual labourers’ personal bank accounts
Furthermore, the Newcastle SAPS is inviting all liquor license holders to attend a KZN Liquor Authority meeting.

Set to take place on March 25 at the Newcastle SAPS Boardroom, the meeting will address the KZN Liquor License Act 2010 and the new proposed license fees structure.

For more information, contact 071 896 6839.

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