CAPE TOWN – The retail industry has commended the government and law enforcement for its efforts in ensuring a decline in business, bank and cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies, although the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele highlighted that businesses still operated in a danger zone.
Joint chief executive of Cash Connect Richard Phillips said although the latest crime stats showed an improvement, the reality was that South African businesses were still experiencing high crime levels.
“With 55 armed robbery attacks and 195 burglaries a day – this remains a huge concern, and begs for greater efforts by all concerned,” said Phillips on Thursday.
According to the Minister, non-residential robberies declined by 0.28 percent in the year to February from 20 047 to 19 991, while non-residential burglaries increased by 0.04 percent from 71 195 to 71 224.
The Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA) confirmed that armed robbery attacks against their retail members over the same reported period, decreased by 12 percent compared to 2 272 in the previous period, while burglary attacks dropped by 13 percent.