Be vigilant of criminals during the Easter weekend

South African retailers are on high alert as fears for the upcoming Easter weekend’s gang attacks loom.

During a cash protection industry media briefing held in Johannesburg on Tuesday, statistics were revealed that crime spiked across the country during the Easter period.

From March/April 2016-2017 to March/April 2017-2018 retailers experienced a 16% increase in attacks.

TimesLIVE said that Gauteng had the highest rate of attacks, making up 46% followed by the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

The cash guarding company Cash Connect hosted the briefing and joint chief executive officer Richard Phillips said liquor retailers had experienced the highest increase in attacks of 21%, possibly due to their reliance on cash.

Those retailers who do not have automated systems, such as safes, in place to handle the cash were affected the most.

In general, statistics revealed that cash-in-transit heist attacks were down by 23%.

Consumers should also be vigilant of criminals when handling cash during the Easter period.