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  1. Fears grow as robbers hit malls

    Date: 21 Sep 2005
    The frequency of armed robberies at shopping malls in Gauteng and the Western Cape has caused anxiety among property owners and shopping centre managers. On Sunday a robber was shot dead during an armed robbery at a jewellery store in Pretoria’s Brooklyn Mall. In another incident also on Sunday, gunmen hit St Elmo’s restaurant at the Eagles Landing Shopping Centre in Honeydew, north of Joburg.... See full details

  2. Licence scam over the Internet

    Date: 21 Sep 2005
    A new bogus driver’s licence scam, which allows drivers to buy an international driver’s permit over the Internet, has hit South Africa. Available from two sites that both appear to be situated in the United States, the so-called :”International Driver’s Permit” offered by both sites for between $25 (R160) and $35 (R225) looks authentic in every respect, and even comes with an embedded hologram... See full details

  3. Dept of Corrupt Affairs!

    Date: 18 Sep 2005
    Corruption within the Department of Home Affairs has reached crisis proportions. Jenny Reid, managing director of corporate security solution providers, GriffithsReid, said a radical overhaul of the screening and selection process for employees was a matter of urgency. “The news that original South African passports have been found among the possessions of terrorists responsible for the publ... See full details

  4. Beware - Criminals use animals in car jackings.

    Date: 16 Sep 2005
    It seems some criminals don't act like animals only when committing crimes, but even resort to using animals to take advantage of victims. This was one woman's experience when she was travelling on the N1 highway in Johannesburg. The woman noticed two youths walking with a dog tied to a string next to the highway. "My wife said the two started beating the dog with a metal pipe," said the ... See full details

  5. The Soft Targets

    Date: 14 Sep 2005
    Criminal syndicates see malls, shops as soft targets Crime syndicates see shopping malls and retail outlets as soft targets, the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) says. This is because they are seen as less secure than the other favourite targets of armed gangs, such as banks, CSVR says. "Armed groups believe they can get in and out quickly because of eas... See full details

  6. Guard your banking info

    Date: 14 Sep 2005
    Do not give strangers your banking details. That is the warning from several banks after the emergence of another 419 scam. In this latest scam fraudsters call unsuspecting clients to congratulate them on winning a holiday trip for two. Victims are then asked for their name, address, names of their dependants, ID number and banking details. "This particular (419 scam) version is new to u... See full details

  7. Police warning on illegals

    Date: 14 Sep 2005
    Anyone who employs illegal immigrants will be fined up to R25 000 if caught by the police. That is the stern warning from the commander of Dawn Park detectives, Captain Pine Pienaar after a number of illegal immigrants were arrested on the East Rand recently. "There is a big problem with illegal workers in Boksburg and we most often find them within large work forces, such as construction si... See full details

  8. ID's used for crime, terror

    Date: 14 Sep 2005
    The government is to introduce measures aimed at preventing passports from falling into the hands of criminal or terrorist groups. At a Justice, Crime Prevention and Security media briefing in Parliament yesterday, it emerged that terrorist and criminal groups exploit gaps in security systems to acquire South African identity documents and passports. Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqak... See full details

  9. Dead have ID's Stolen

    Date: 11 Sep 2005
    Thanks to the continuing chaos at the Department of Home Affairs and increasingly wily criminals, stealing the identity of the dead has become a major problem for credit bureaux and creditors. Fred Steffers, managing director of the Consumer Profile Bureau, said while identity theft had always been a problem, stealing the identity of the dead as a relatively new phenomenon. “Because of the l... See full details

  10. Unsolved murders - share your stories

    Date: 25 Aug 2005
    People wanting to share their stories of unsolved murders and 'cold cases' should e-mail alex.eliseev@star.co.za or jan@star.co.za. For residents in KwaZulu Natal please send to: kuben.chetty@inl.co.za Please include the case number, the investigating officer's name and a photo of the victim if possible. See full details

  11. Info on firearms Act

    Date: 24 Aug 2005
    Firearm owners who are unhappy with the new licensing regulations would be well advised to visit the Pretoria Show. Pretoria police spokesman Senior Superintendent Morne van Wyk said experiened police personnel will be available at the SAPS stand to answer questions on the controversial Firearms Control Act. The Act has drawn much criticism from legal gun owners, who feel its regulations dis... See full details

  12. SA's defence force losing key battle

    Date: 24 Aug 2005
    The difficulties facing the SA National Defence Force, such as obsolescent equipment, an exceptionally high ratio of generals to other ranks, and a lack of trained personnel are "nothing new" in contributing to an ill-prepared military. In saying this Professor Mike Hough, of the University of Pretoria's Institute for Strategic Studies, pointed out that the past few Department of Defence annual... See full details

  13. Cash-in-Transit: ram'n rob the norm

    Date: 23 Aug 2005
    Ramming cars into cash-in-transit vehicles to facilitate a robbery is on the increase on Johannesburg freeways. In four separate incidents in the past few weeks’ luxury cars have rammed cash-in-transit vehicles off the roads and robberies have followed. Yesterday a gang of gunmen stole several cash boxes after a Mercedes rammed a Fidelity Guard vehicle from behind, pushing it into the barrie... See full details

  14. Your interests at heart ? - BEWARE!

    Date: 23 Aug 2005
    If you are interested in the following: SA’s Financial Institutions are refusing to rectify the wrongs regarding their “products” in pension/retirement/investment funds. The truth is that Institutional Executives do not understand the macro issues behind the scam, nor the full impact that the Pensions Fund Adjudicator’s rulings have. Discovery’s new Optimiser Retirement Annuity is leadin... See full details

  15. Renewing gun licences

    Date: 23 Aug 2005
    Police warn firearm owners to renew licences – or face the consequences The South African Police Service over the weekend warned firearm owners to renew their licences or face prosecution. “Your birthday determines when you must renew your firearm licence,” stressed National Head of Media Relations, Director Phuti Setati. “Refusal to comply with the strict requirements set in accordance w... See full details

  16. Thieves are targeting E Rand filling stations

    Date: 19 Aug 2005
    Petrol thieves are targeting East Rand filling stations with at least four cases recently reported to police. Authorities have now urged owners of filling stations to update their video cameras and equipment, and to make sure they are in working order. Two occupants of a maroon Toyota Corolla conned a petrol attendant at a Sunward Park Shell garage on Tuesday evening, by asking him to fill s... See full details

  17. Grant fraud costing SA R1,5bn

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    Fraud in government has reached staggering proportions if the number of those being investigated is any indication. Nearly 41 000 public servants have been fingered in connection with fraud and corruption. And, said Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya, justice must take its course with those charged, no matter the cost. “It has to be done to ensure a public service which is there to s... See full details

  18. SA drivers most violent, survey finds

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    South African motorists top the list in a study of road rage over 12 months in 10 countries. And there is no sign of their aggressive behaviour abating. “Eleven percent of South African drivers claim to have been at the receiving end of threatening behaviour in the past 12 months,” according to research company Synovate’s report. “This means the aggressor got out of the vehicle to confront th... See full details

  19. Victim says bogus police may be real

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    The efficiency and frequency with which armed robberies are committed by people posing as police – or actual corrupt members of the SAPS – left a Johannesburg businessman outraged this week. His anger was aggravated by the fact that a passing police patrol failed to assist him when he was dropped off in Lombardy East. The man, who does not want to be named, spoke out to The Citizen yesterday... See full details

  20. Shoplifting on the increase

    Date: 18 Aug 2005
    The trend of criminals opting to make a living through shoplifting is on the increase. This is according to the Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGC-SA), which claims the offenders operate in gangs with a remarkable degree of skill and planning. “Shoplifting should never be regarded as a harmless, innocent crime simply perpetrated by young people out of thrill. This attitude could actually lea... See full details

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