Safety tips when caught up in a CIT heist which is on the go

The grim aftermath of a cash in transit heist. l SUPPLIED

The grim aftermath of a cash in transit heist. l SUPPLIED

Published Nov 10, 2022



Johannesburg - As we approach the end of the year, we know that traditionally, the number of cash-in-transit (CIT) attacks increases.

Fidelity Services Group says the number one priority if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being caught near a CIT robbery is to make your personal safety a priority.

Wahl Bartmann, CEO of Fidelity Services Group, provides consumers with the following important safety tips:

• Try and put as much distance between your vehicle and the crime scene;

• Do not exit your vehicle as you could get caught in the crossfire. Vacate the area if possible;

• Never approach perpetrators of a cash in transit robbery as they are armed and dangerous;

• Do not place yourself in danger. Criminals may react irrationally when seeing you. Avoid any form of eye or physical contact;

• If caught in the vicinity of a CIT robbery, make sure that you don’te switch off your vehicle in case you need to escape the incident. Keep your engine running at all times;

• Share videos that you have taken with the authorities rather than posting them on social media. This could assist with the apprehension of the criminals. Posting on your social media channels, which get shared broadly, may in fact jeopardise the case;

• Also remember that while videos and photographs from your phone can be useful, they could put you at risk if the suspects see you filming at the time. Our advice is to be very cautious when attempting to film an incident. It could inadvertently make you a target;

• Immediately notify the police. Contact the SAPS when you find yourself in a CIT heist, but remember that it is always about your safety first. The SAPS contact number for emergencies is 10111; and,

• If you are at a shopping centre and witness a cross-pavement heist near an ATM, the same advice applies. If you are not in your car, keep as much distance between yourself and the perpetrators as possible. Rather, lie flat on the floor to avoid being caught in the crossfire if any shots are fired. Again, notify the authorities or centre management as soon as possible.

"Remember, these syndicates are highly trained and dangerous, so caution has to be exercised." Bartmann confirmed that Fidelity would be stepping up patrols and surveillance over the next three months.

The Star

Related Topics:

True Crime