There has been a large increase in the daily number of bank clients that fall victim to cash robberies. Recent reports note that robberies are not limited to urban areas, but they also occur in rural towns.
Crime syndicates are planting people at banks who pretend to be clients to target individuals and business-owners depositing or withdrawing large amounts of cash at branches. Once they have identified a potential target, the spotter then shares the target’s description to accomplices who are stationed outside the bank. Their role is to follow and pounce on unsuspecting victims.
The SA Banking Risk Information Center (Sabric) CEO,Kalyani Pillay, says: “The modus operandi usually sees the perpetrators follow a victim to their residence, place of work or any other place where it is easy to rob them.” “In addition to being verbally abusive, robbers will resort to violence if necessary, particularly if the victim resists. In most robberies, robbers are armed with handguns.”
Pillay is warning consumers to be vigilant at all times and pay careful attention to surroundings inside and outside a bank.
Sabric provides these tips to help keep you safe from becoming a cash robbery victim:
Tips for individuals
- 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 cellphone banking, Internet transfers or ATMs to do your banking.
- Never make your bank visits public – even to people close to you.
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