SABRIC: KZN business robberies up by 150%

SABRIC: KZN business robberies up by 150%

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) says it's worried about the increasing number of business burglaries and robberies. 

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SABRIC released its 2019 crime statistics report on Tuesday. 

It revealed that business burglaries increased by 27% and robberies by 86%, while ATM attacks and cash-in-transit robberies decreased -- digital banking and card fraud continue to rise. 

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CEO Nischal Mewalall says although the crime stats are a mixed bag, it's clear that business robberies are being targeted by organised crime groups. 

"Business robberies is the one that worries me the most. Its also been the particular crime type that has been increased by 86 percent.  KZN was up by 150 percent in terms of business robberies. 

"Why it is worrying is because this type of crime actually targets the monies that are due to the pay points for SASSA grants so it is critically important that these businesses are able to be secured so that we can effect the payments."

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