Johannesburg - The SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) welcomed the police's progress in reducing crimes against businesses on Thursday.
Chief executive Neren Rau said this was evident in the reduction in cash-in-transit heists and bank robberies.
“Sacci does remain concerned about the increase in violent crimes and hopes that ever improving co-operation between the business community and the SA Police Service will lead to a safer South Africa,” he said in a statement.
“Sacci is especially encouraged by the progress made in fighting copper theft by way of improved collaboration between stakeholders, improved training of police officers and the Second Hand Goods Act.”
He said the efficacy of policing played a significant part in the reduction of copper theft levels.
The police's progress was reflected in the monthly Sacci Copper Theft Barometer, he said.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced on Thursday that robberies at non-residential premises had decreased by 0.6 percent, cash-in-transit robberies by 20.3 percent, and bank robberies by 80 percent. - Sapa