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South Africa (and around the world) have seen a surge in cash-in-transit robberies ever since lockdown restrictions have been lifted, according to experts.
Gareth Newham for the Institute of Security Studies told CapeTalk radio station there’d been a 66% increase in the numbers of cash-in-transit heists from October to December in South Africa compared to the same period in the previous year.
What’s even more worrying, according to Newham, is that criminals are becoming better equipped as well.
“Firearms are the most common way, where they [the criminals] sort of ram the vehicle to stop it and use firearms to try to force people out, but we’ve seen an increase in the use of explosives as well, which is a new trend,” Newham added, according to CapeTalk. “These are career criminals … they are not scared of using violence.”
Insider spoke to Zika Rakita, the Managing Director of Nemesis Protection Global, a security company that provides security, intelligence, and crisis management services, to determine how he thinks the South African team performed.
Rakita praised the security team for managing to escape the attack unscathed and keeping the money safe in the process.
The hero guard who managed to keep his cool, despite his armoured car being attacked in a hail of bullets by two cars of gunmen, has been identified as a former police sniper.
Leo Prinsloo, 48, was caught on the vehicle’s dashcam frantically battling the two groups of robbers as they attacked his cash-in-transit truck in South Africa.
Video of the high-speed chase went viral online, with many praising the heroic actions of Mr Prinsloo and likening him to a real-life Jason Bourne.
The incident highlights the warlike daily conditions faced by security officers in the crime-ridden nation.
The two-and-a-half-minute clip, recorded on April 22 from inside the truck cabin, shows the two men, both of whom are wearing bulletproof vests, coming under attack on a busy Pretoria road.
Mr Prinsloo, who served with the South African Police Services special forces unit for 12 years, now teaches the nation’s military special forces how to shoot.
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