October, 2014


Credit-card hacking ‘is top crime worry’

Credit-card hacking is the number one crime on Americans’ worry list, far above getting mugged or murdered, according to a Gallup survey. As the number of major retailers reporting cyber breaches grows, with thieves stealing credit card data belonging to tens of millions of their customers, awareness of the hacking threat has taken off. “Americans today are more worried about their credit card information being hacked from stores than about any other crimes they are asked about, and a relatively high percentage say they have been victims of this hacking,”Read More

Dewani driver trips up on the stand

Convicted shuttle taxi driver Zola Tongo admitted on Wednesday to a few mistakes in relaying how honeymooner Anni Hindocha’s murder came about in 2010. Tongo, 34, made these concessions while being cross-examined by Shrien Dewani’s lawyer, Francois van Zyl, in the Western Cape High Court. The first mistake related to when Dewani allegedly approached him with the proposal to kill his wife, when Tongo dropped the Dewanis off at the Cape Grace Hotel on November 13, 2010.

Copper case poised to blow lid off SA’s sordid scrap industry

As cable theft continues to paralyse water and power networks, a picture is emerging of metals dealers with an appetite for dirty tricks. Last Friday, police on the West Rand arrested five men with what they said was R100 000 of stolen copper after receiving a tip-off. The case, investigators implied, could be linked to water shortages experienced in Gauteng recently, which were in part caused by a power failure at a pumping station, which, in turn, was caused by stolen cables.

Three injured in OR Tambo Airport heist

Three men have been injured in a heist at OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, reports said on Thursday. Gauteng police told the Citizen newspaper that a cash-in-transit vehicle was leaving the cargo area of the airport at about 05:45 on Thursday when a Mercedes-Benz collided with it.

R250 000 reward for info on R15m Gauteng heist

A R250 000 reward is being offered for information that could lead to the arrest of a group of robbers who stole electronic items worth an estimated R15m in Kempton Park, Gauteng police said. Four to six people entered a business park complex in Sebenza, Kempton Park on Sunday through a security gate, and robbed one of the warehouses on the premises, Brigadier Neville Malila said.

Tis the season to rob

Cash-in-transit robbers and ATM bombers made off with millions of rands in two separate attacks – and not a shot was fired. The robberies occurred hours before the police launched their festive-season anti-crime operation yesterday. The operation will focus on violent armed robberies, especially at shopping centres; road safety; crimes against women and children and border security.

ATM blown up in Joburg supermarket

Six robbers blew open an ATM in a supermarket in Booysens, Johannesburg, on Thursday morning, Gauteng police said. The incident occurred at 5.45am, near the Booysens police station, Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said. “The personnel of a supermarket were busy opening the shop when the suspects held them at gunpoint outside the shop.”

Cops sued for over R770,000 after ignoring family’s plea for help

A Johannesburg family are suing the police for over R770,000 claiming they did not respond to numerous calls for help during threats of violence by an estranged husband, according to a report. A bed-ridden woman was doused in petrol and set alight, allegedly by her daughter’s husband in November last year, The Star newspaper reported. This after the daughter had filed for a divorce and she and her sister, had secured a protection order.

Technology vital in fight against crime

There is a high-tech race between criminals and law enforcement and according to speakers at the 35th International Crimestoppers Conference in Cape Town, measures are already in place to stay ahead. This comes after Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko identified technology as vital in the fight against crime.

Big security alert as mall heists soar

Robbers are out in force across South Africa as the festive season decorations go up and shopping centres plan extended trading hours. Yesterday a G4S cash-in-transit security guard was shot dead as he collected money at the entrance of Pick n Pay in Waterstone Village Centre in Somerset West, Western Cape. On Friday two separate gangs of robbers struck Irene and Centurion malls in Gauteng.

The trillion-dollar scandal and its impact on Africa

If you’d spent $100 million dollars every day since Nelson Mandela’s inauguration address in May 1994 – in which he called for “justice for all” – you still would not have spent the amount of money that leaves developing countries illicitly each year: $1-trillion. The Trillion Dollar Scandal, a ONE transparency report published on Thursday, reveals a staggering injustice: developing countries lose at least $1-trillion every year as the result of corrupt activities, including shady deals for countries’ natural resources, the use of anonymous shell companies, money laundering, and taxRead More

Hijacking is rife

Ivory Park Police Station has received a lot of hijacking reports in the recent months. The station’s spokesperson Warrant Officer Neldah Sekgobela, said the station’s management is appealing to the community to ensure their vehicles are safely locked at all times and are parked in a safe place.

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