Scrap dealers fuel crime wave in Pretoria

Businesses in Pretoria West are under siege from criminals – and owners say it is increasingly becoming impossible to trade in the area. The traders told the Pretoria News their businesses were constantly being broken into and various valuables stolen in the areas around Soutter and Buitenkant streets as well as the nearby Frederick, Servaas, Charlotte Maxeke, Carl and Court streets. They suspect these were sold to scrap dealers. The owners said this was not only bad for business, but they had employed numerous people who also had families whoRead More

The most violent provinces in South Africa

The South African Police Service has released its most up-to-date set of crime statistics, covering the last three quarters of 2016. Crime stats releases in South Africa are often criticised for being out of date by the time the annual report is released to the public. For example, the 2016 crime stats released by the SAPS in September 2016 covered crime activity between March 2015 and March 2016 – 6 months old by the time the data is published.

Gauteng govt intensifies fight against crime with new policing plan

Makhura said police officers were not coping in their fight against crime and blamed this on poor leadership. Police men and women were not coping in the fight against crime in the province, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said as he delivered the State of the Province Address (Sopa) on Monday.

This is how many crimes take place every day in South Africa

Last month, the South African Police Service released the crime statistics for 2016, showing which crimes have increased – and decreased – over the past year. With mote than 2.12 million crimes being reported in the country across 27 different categories, it’s difficult to process how the big numbers translate to a daily occurrence in SA. By looking at the crime stats as a statistical average, and the rate of crime per the population, we are able to better understand how the crimes relate to the lived experience in theRead More

Fear rules Joburg, but Cape Town is SA’s murder capital

JOHANNESBURGERS are SA’s most fearful citizens, even though people are more likely to be murdered in Cape Town or sexually assaulted in Mangaung. Johannesburg’s reputation as “the gangster paradise” may well be overstated. Ten years of crime statistics and research from Statistics SA show a disconnect between reality and perception. While the Johannesburg metro is not totally safe, there are certain crimes that you are far more likely to fall victim to if you live in one of SA’s eight other metros.

How crime hurts new tech businesses in South Africa

The high cost associated with crime in South Africa is one of the major reasons why many new computer businesses fail. This is according to Esquire CEO Mahomed Cassim. Cassim said Esquire has seen a significant increase in new resellers from brick and mortar stores over the last few years. “However, crimes such as shoplifting and internal theft have a major impact on business, and are a big factor as to why so many brick and mortar start-ups fail in the first few of years of trading,” said Cassim.

Tshwane launches city-wide crime safety app

After a months’ long incubation period, Project Namola is finally live in the City of Tshwane. The safety application went live and demonstrated faster response times for Metro Police vehicles in the Monument Park pilot in February 2015. “With Namola dispatch times take around 13 seconds – an 11 times improvement. All it takes is for a user to open the app, click the alert button and an officer to accept,” said Craig Rivett chief executive of implementing agent Happimo, a non-profit company.

The South African cyber scam that stole R70 million from lonely women

An Internet fraud syndicate operating out of Pretoria stole over R70 million from hundreds of women over six years, with a Nigerian man posing as a US soldier to win the hearts of his lonely victims. According to a report in the Sunday Times, the cyber scam network was set up by a group of Nigerians in 2009, which ran romance and credit card-related scams. One victim was an American woman who was ditched while waiting at an airport, in her wedding dress along with her pastor, for her “future husband”.

Gauteng a gangster’s paradise?

Gauteng is well on its way to becoming a gangsters’ paradise, with a sharp increase this year in almost all contact crimes, house robberies, and a massive spike in carjackings and truck hijackings. Ivory Park was the most dangerous place in Gauteng last year. That policing area recorded 98 murders during 2014/15, a big jump from the 80 of the previous year.

The best tech to stop criminals from breaking into your home

Having a safe home is on the priority list of most South Africans – here is some tech which can make the job a bit easier. While hiring the services of security guards or armed response companies is the route some people walk, others prefer to take safety matters into their own hands. Below is a selection of tech and gadgets, some of which can be ordered from overseas, that you can use to make your home safer.

SA’s ‘ticking time bomb’ of vehicle crime

The crime rate in South Africa is expected to continue to rise as economic and social conditions deteriorate – it’s a trend that is already shown in the sharp climb in truck and car hijackings. That’s the opinion of John Edmeston, global CFO of Cartrack Holdings, who adds that as economic growth contracts, unemployment figures grow and regard for the rule-of-law deteriorates, vehicle tracking and recovery companies believe, theft and hijacking for sale into the illicit local and cross-border markets will increase.

How to stop criminals from getting through your electric fence

Crime is one of the biggest concerns in South Africa – here is advice from security experts on how to make your home safer, and stop criminals before they get to you. Many South African home owners and businesses rely on electric fences to keep criminals out, but weaknesses in electric fence designs allow criminals to get through or over these barriers. MyBroadband contacted security expert Riaan Coetzee from Fortis Pro Active Defence Solutions to find out how criminals get over or through electric fences.

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