January, 2014


Beware the jamming scam

An insurance company has warned motorists to be aware of the emerging crime of car jamming. Criminals block a car’s remote locking and unlocking system by using an appliance that operates on the same frequency. Gari Dombo, MD of Alexander Forbes Insurance, said: “It is official; the signal from an electronic gate controller could interfere with your remote vehicle-locking system.”

R10 to evade law

For the price of a loaf of bread, a Joburg metro police officer allows a motorist to escape sanction for breaking the law. But when she accepted that R10 note, she didn’t know that 100m away from her – hiding behind a wall – was a team from The Star on a mission to document police corruption.

Cops shoot Limpopo teen, sixth protester killed by cops in 14 days

Limpopo police allegedly shot dead a teenage boy during a protest in Bolobedu at the weekend — the sixth person reported to be killed by police this year, a spokesman said on Monday. Saturday’s shooting comes after the body of a woman was found about 8km away in Mandlakazi, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said. The woman was found on Friday with her hands cut off, and her cellphone and keys placed inside her open stomach.

Solar power system theft

The viability of an alternate power source currently being used to operate traffic lights during power outages is being reconsidered following increased vandalism and theft. The Johannesburg Roads Agency introduced the solar powered system in 2012, by installing 200 Uninterrupted Power Supplies (a large bank of batteries which store power) and 20 solar panels at intersections within the city as part of its green initiative.

Third of insurance claims fraudulent

Adding an extra iPhone to an insurance claim, not disclosing the real value of a stolen item or staging one’s own house robbery are some of the ways people try to score insurance payouts. Those found guilty of doing so not only stand to lose their policies and battle to get insured again, but they may also face jail time. And the innocent pay too – through increased monthly premiums and their legitimate claims being more closely scrutinised.

81% of SA murders hit black households

Eighty one percent of murders in South Africa take place in black households, according to the SA Institute for Race Relations (SAIRR) in it’s 2013 survey, according to a report. Because 79 percent of South African households according to the latest census figures are black, this figure shows black people are impacted proportionally harder by murder than other population groups, Rapport reported Of the 14.6 million households in South Africa, 79 percent are black, 11 percent white, 7.3 percent coloured and 2.3 percent Indian, says Statistics SA (SSA).

Tshwane confirms Zuma metro cops escort

The City of Tshwane on Monday confirmed that its metro police department had escorted President Jacob Zuma and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe out of the province for an ANC election campaign last week. “Yes, we can confirm that… but we are denying the amount stated,” said Tshwane municipality spokesman Blessing Manale. “And we don’t think we should disclose the operational cost.”

Top cop told Phiyega of harassment

Allegations have surfaced that top cop Sean Tshabalala informed National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega three weeks before he died that one of her deputies was harassing him over a nepotism and corruption investigation. One of them, a lieutenant-general, is one of two officers fingered in the allegations of irregular appointments. The other, a brigadier, is at the centre of a storm over an alleged dodgy job application for a position at a police academy.

Phiyega reconfigures crime intelligence

The structure of crime intelligence in the SA Police Service has been changed, national police commissioner Riah Phiyega said on Thursday. She said the steps taken were intended at crime intelligence becoming a highly focused unit which delivered on its core mandate of crime information gathering, and crime pattern analysis, in close collaboration with other SAPS departments. In a statement Phiyega said that after careful consideration of the combined functioning of the divisional crime intelligence and protection and security services (CIPS), she had taken a decision to change and purifyRead More

Two in court for R40 million Public Works lease scam

A businessman and a former public works department senior official accused of money laundering and corruption are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Businessman Sayed Hoosen Mia and former senior administrator Desmond Simamane would appear for a trial date to be set. The two were allegedly involved in a lease scam involving R40 million.

New Credit Card Scam

Subject: CREDIT CARD SCAM Very new, very clever credit card scam. (They never give up.) Just when you thought you’d heard it all. This scam is  actually very clever. Be very careful out there! This one could easily slip by most anyone – beware of people bearing gifts.  The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim: Wednesday a week ago, I had a

Police on high alert for car theft

Midrand police issued a warning for the community to be alert to criminals stealing out of cars in car parks. On 4 January at about 1.30pm, unknown suspects stole property to the value of about R10 000 from a car that was parked at Carlswarld Lifestyle shopping centre. Midrand police communications officer Constable Matome Tlamela said, “According to the complainant, she parked her vehicle in the parking lot and went inside the mall to do shopping, the vehicle was properly locked.”

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