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  1. Cheque post scam

    Date: 10 Dec 2005
    Johannsburg's Revenue Department has fallen victim to a Post Office scam in which an apparent syndicate of criminals intercepts cheques sent by post. Revenue Department spokesman Mandy Jean Woods said many of the cheques intercepted by the syndicate were intended for the city's coffers. Many were written by companies for RSC levy payments. "We appeal to our customers who have posted cheques... See full details

  2. Bogus collectors out: SPCA

    Date: 10 Dec 2005
    The SPCA has warned bogus collectors are making the rounds of Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, claiming to be raising funds for the organisation. A woman has been spotted at Balfour Park shopping centre with an SPCA tin and stickers, seeking donations. She provides a name and number to contact with queries but the number is unreachable. She also claims to be affiliated to the Animal Anti-Cr... See full details

  3. Beware of fake notes over Christmas, warns bank

    Date: 09 Dec 2005
    Shop owners and the general public have been warned to watch out for fake money over the festive season. Rennies Bank Operations Director, Craig Macfarlane said counterfeiters mostly targeted unsuspecting retailers and jewellery stores in a bid to exchange fake money for high quality goods, which they later sold. Exacerbating the threat is the fact that local retailers are legally permitted ... See full details

  4. Owners helped to re-register firearms

    Date: 09 Dec 2005
    Hundreds of gun owners in long queues are being assisted daily at the national offices of the South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association in Pretoria. Spokesman Andres van Dyk said most needed assistance with the re-registration of their arms licences, or were applying for dedicated hunter status. The association has reminded gun owners whose birthday was during January, February... See full details

  5. Every corner is a hot spot, warn police

    Date: 09 Dec 2005
    Pretoria police have warned motorists to treat every street intersection, stop sign and driveway in the townships or suburbs as a hijacking hotspot. Depending on the type of car or models being sought be the hi-jackers, at any given time a motorist is a potential victim. Captain Piletzi Sebola said between January and October 2005, the anti-hijacking unit arrested 298 people and recovered se... See full details

  6. Tackling crime on the web

    Date: 30 Nov 2005
    Business and households start security project to make northern suburbs safe. An innovative community security project has taken off in the northern suburbs covering about 10 000 households in Parktown. Parktown North, Parkview, Greenside, Emmarentia and parts of Craighall Park. Called Precinct Web, households and businesses contribute between R100 and R200 a month to have 10 roving ambassa... See full details

  7. Warning to traffic offenders

    Date: 30 Nov 2005
    Repeat traffic offenders had better be careful or their vehicles will be confiscated. According to Auto & General Insurance (A&G), the risk has increased substantially for drivers who repeatedly commit traffic violations to have their vehicles confiscated. That includes those with multiple fines for excessive speeding or drunk driving offences. Earlier this year, a court ruling in the Wes... See full details

  8. We have a plan, police claim

    Date: 30 Nov 2005
    Gauteng provincial police management do have plans in place to deal with crime trends, director Sally de Beer said yesterday. This follows a spate of armed robberies targeting the retail industry in Gauteng. De Beer said it was true that it would not be possible for the SAPS to permanently post police members at all retail outlets. Shopping centre managers had a responsibility to provide ... See full details

  9. Armed gang extracting cash from dentists

    Date: 30 Nov 2005
    Armed gang extracting cash from dentists A spate of armed robberies targeting dentists and their patients is occurring in Gauteng. Witnesses report that four men have been involved in all of the recent successful hold-ups at dental practices. Dentists speculate that the same group is behind all the robberies. The four men who have been seen in the gang are aged between 20 to 25 years. ... See full details

  10. HEISTERIA

    Date: 30 Nov 2005
    Highway robbers rule the roads of J’oburg Johannesburg is under siege after more than 20 cash heists since the beginning of the month, with the number expected to rise. While some analysts said this was “quite normal” for the festive season, the SAPS is concerned about the high number of cash heists plaguing the province. In the latest incident 10 armed men ambushed a Fidelity cash... See full details

  11. Drugged popcorn: warning

    Date: 29 Nov 2005
    An innocent night out at the movies can turn into a traumatic affair. "Reservist police officers found sexual predators and drug dealers are targeting young girls at local movie houses to expose them to the dark world of drugs and sex," said Constable Basani Chauke, spokesman for Boksburg North police station. "The trend,known only as K.a.pop.d*ck, is characterised by a man pushing his genit... See full details

  12. Move against anti-mercenary legislation

    Date: 15 Nov 2005
    The US and some European governments are being lobbied to put pressure on the South African government not to pass tough new anti-mercenary legislation, which is now before parliament. The International Peace Operations Association (Ipoa), a Washington-based umbrella body of private security companies in the US, Europe and South Africa, said at the weekend the bill would undermine the role of S... See full details

  13. ATM fraud scams still rife

    Date: 15 Nov 2005
    Hi Tech fraudsters are still fleecing ATM users by using tiny, hard to spot micro-spyware, banks have warned. Card skimming devices read personal details of the magnetic strips on the back of credit cards while micro-cameras film the secret PIN codes of customers being entered. That information is e-mailed to international syndicates in countries halfway around the world. Although banking... See full details

  14. 'Tis the season for heists too

    Date: 13 Nov 2005
    It’s the season of the armed robbery as heavily armed gangs strike terror in the hearts of store owners, bank staff, security guards and householders in Gauteng and elsewhere. Superintendent Ronnie Naidoo of police head office confirmed yesterday in the SAPS annual report that a tally of incidents showed these crimes were on the increase. And the tendency was not limited to one specific provin... See full details

  15. Men offer R5 000 for girl,7

    Date: 13 Nov 2005
    A Kempton Park woman, Kim Pickl, is very upset about an incident in which two men offered her domestic worker R5 000 for Pickl’s seven-year-old daughter. The worker, who was walking the girl home from a Norkem Park school on Friday, kept her cool and ran away with the child. Kim Pickl related how her domestic worker saved her child from unthinkable harm. “My daughter is in Grade one at No... See full details

  16. Overseas security reprieved

    Date: 13 Nov 2005
    Those doing security work in conflict-ridden countries can breathe a sigh of relief for the time being as Minister of Defence, Mosiuoa Lekota admitted problems with the controversial Prohibition of Mercenary Activity draft legislation. Lekota addressed the parliamentary portfolio committee yesterday. He said his department acknowledged there may be pitfalls and that a number of changes might b... See full details

  17. Still in limbo over security work abroad

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    South Africans doing security work abroad will have to wait until next year for clarity regarding the controversial draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Bill. The parliamentary committee discussion on the subject, which has led to panic among security workers and relief workers, will meet again at the end of January. In its current form former SAPS and defence force members who these days... See full details

  18. Knives are out for thieves

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    Tough gun regulations mean more women turning to knives to protect themselves There is a new item on shopping lists these days. Knives are fast becoming the weapon of choice – especially for women. Since legislation that makes applying for a gun licence more difficult was passed, the only weapon to defend themselves against criminals is a knife. Llewellyn Mohan, owner of Broadway ... See full details

  19. Still in limbo over security work abroad

    Date: 08 Nov 2005
    South Africans doing security work abroad will have to wait until next year for clarity regarding the controversial draft Prohibition of Mercenary Activity Bill. The parliamentary committee discussion on the subject, which has led to panic among security workers and relief workers, will meet again at the end of January. In its current form former SAPS and defence force members who these days... See full details

  20. Anti-corruption drive

    Date: 03 Nov 2005
    Anti-corruption drive underway as Act is promulgated The Prevention and Combating of Corruption Activities Act (Act 12 of 2004) has been promulgated, and law-enforcement agencies are activating 13 projects designed to tackle corruption. As part of implementing its counter-corruption strategy, the Department of Home Affairs concluded a workshop last month on corruption that among other... See full details

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