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  1. Keep your gun - expert

    Date: 22 Jan 2006
    One of the most senior prosecutors in the country, Advocate John Welch, has told The Citizen he does not believe the new Firearms Control Act give police the right to take away firearms licences granted in terms of old firearms laws. Under the new Firearms Control Act - which came into effect this year - all gun owners have to re-licence their firearms and to do so must pass a rigorous competen... See full details

  2. Find out about your traffic fines - by SMS

    Date: 18 Jan 2006
    Johannesburg’s Metro Police Department (JMPD) and their IT partner, 2Big Mobile Applications, have teamed up with Vodacom cellphone network provider to expand their services to traffic offenders, and broaden their tracking mechanism through an SMS system. This was announced yesterday at a media briefing held in Martindale, Johannesburg. By sending an ID number to 36997 via SMS from any netwo... See full details

  3. A Fine Mess

    Date: 10 Jan 2006
    You will pay a lot more for traffic violations under new law Traffic offenders will be forced to pay fines inflated by extra costs to stay on the roads if a new law comes into being. Officials are pushing for stricter enforcement on the grounds that only a fifth of the latest holiday season fines are likely to be paid. They claim traffic fines already stick with you for life – unle... See full details

  4. German agency to back SA’s war on corruption

    Date: 09 Jan 2006
    South Africa’s fight against corruption has been boosted by German government aid. Business Against Crime (BAC) has concluded a two-year public-private partnership with GTZ, an international co-operation enterprise for sustainable development with worldwide operations. The partnership entails investing R3,6m, of which local business will provide R2m. BAC chief executive Kenny Fihla said i... See full details

  5. More time for firearm licences

    Date: 09 Jan 2006
    The police have again urged all firearm licence holders to make use of the renewed opportunity to renew their firearm licences. This comes soon after the cut-off date for firearm licence renewals was extended by the Minister of Safety and Security earlier this month. Everyone born between January 1 and March 31 has until the end of March 2006 to renew licences. “We are strongly urging all... See full details

  6. Big drive to catch licence forgers

    Date: 09 Jan 2006
    Licence-forgers face a concerted crackdown after nearly 4 000 drivers’ licences were cancelled and 344 people arrested in the past year. Trade in forged drivers’ licences is hard to stop, because the life-threatening practice brings in big money. Some syndicates sell a thousand a month at up to R5 000 each. But thanks to improved crime intelligence, the sources where bogus licences are il... See full details

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. '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

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