Alarming House Robbery Increase in Gauteng

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House robberies have increased across Gauteng in the past two months.

This is according to various private security companies in the province, who said they’ve seen a drastic increase since the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Robbers have specifically targeted the South and East of Johannesburg, with Alberton, Springs and Turffontein recording the highest numbers during October and November. There have also been various residential and business robberies in the North of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Robbery involves weapons while housebreaking doesn’t.

Private security company Vision Tactical confirmed the house robbery increase.

“During lockdown, criminals weren’t able to move around freely but now everything has returned to normal. Criminals are capitalising on the fact that businesses are open and operational and people have started going away for holidays,” said communications manager Mohamed Ameen Dabhelia.

Vision Tactical has seen most house robberies in the East Rand, Tshwane, and Joburg North with the crimes becoming more violent.

“Some victims were choked to death and houses ransacked. Petty crimes have also picked up quite rapidly including cellphone and bag snatching in various areas.

“As unemployment rises, criminals are desperate. It’s the sad reality we are faced with,” said Dabhelia.

How to Stay Safe on Black Friday amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are universally recognized as days of super-sales and low prices on typically expensive goods.

Every year, South African consumers all over the country rush to stores to start their holiday shopping and get great deals on appliances, electronics, and other prized items.

Unfortunately, the popularity of Black Friday often leads to large crowds and potentially dangerous situations, and with COVID – 19 lockdown still in place, shopping will be a bit different this year.

For those who decide to shop in-store this year, Vision Tactical recommends standard precautions: wear a face masks covering your mouth and nose at all times, washing your hands often and keeping a safe distance from other people.

Director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba says that even though most people are simply interested in getting a good deal and saving as much money as possible, there will be others who have criminal activity in mind.

“If you plan to use cash for your purchases, get the money from the bank or ATM a day or so before Black Friday. People withdrawing money from an ATM are an easy target for thieves.”

Theba adds that it’s a good idea to ask a friend to join you for the day.

“You may not stay together in the store because you’re looking for different sales, but leaving the store and driving together is much safer than going it alone.”

Some additional tips to keep in mind on Black Friday:

  • Be sure your cell phone is fully charged before you leave home.
  • Let your family know where you’re going and keep in touch during the day.
  • Even though you may want a particular item, don’t fight over them.
  • When buying high valued and large items, such as TV’s etc, either have it delivered to your home than storing it on the backseat of your vehicle, as this will make you an easy target for brazen criminals.

For more information, contact our offices on 084 222 222 2 / alternatively send an email to comms@visiontactical.co.za

Laudium JOC Set To Crackdown On Crime During Upcoming Festive Period

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Following the call by the MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, and the SAPS’s Major-General Patricia Rampota to put a ‘Tight Grip’ on crime, the South African Police Service (SAPS) Laudium station together with Private Security and Laudium Disaster Management launched a JOC in the Laudium area which will strengthen efforts in the fight against crime in the suburb.

SAPS Laudium Station Commander Inkwane said that the JOC will enable all stakeholders to build a strong partnership in the fight against crime.

“The JOC will be active 24 hours a day, various activities and operations will be conducted  to create a safer environment for all.”

Inkwane added that the launch of the JOC aims to provide an improved response to coordinated planning which will deal effectively with any eventuality.

Director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba welcomed the launch and praised the South African Police Services and other stakeholders for coming on board.

“The goal here is to maintain and establish a platform for information sharing through a collaborative approach amongst stakeholders through evidence led information.”

Laudium Councillor Essop told Vision Tactical that it’s encouraging to see the launch of the JOC.

“I would like to take my hat off to the Station Commander of Laudium for reaching out and allowing this to happen, this is only for the benefit of the community and we hope that it yields positive results.”

The JOC seeks to present a model for safety planning involved including SAPS, local and metropolitan municipality safety departments, private security companies and community safety structures led by Community Policing Forums.

Theba says that the launch of the JOC came at an opportune time to arrest the alarming levels of crime through collaboration with key stakeholders.

We hope that the existence of the JOC will grant all key stakeholders an opportunity to come together with a common purpose in maximizing and improving the ability to safeguard communities and prevent criminal activity in cities, Theba added.


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Mohamed – 074 772 333 3 or email comms@visiontactical.co.za

Vision Tactical Joins E2 Project To Kick Off Its Festive Season Operations

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Private Security Company Vision Tactical has joined the Eyes and Ears Initiative (E2) project which is an official joint crime fighting initiative between law enfrocement, Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA) and the Private Security Industry (PSI).

The Private Security Companies formally co-operate with law enforcement by relaying information directly to the Provincial Operational Command Centre (POCC) and in some instances, receiving such relevant information directly from it in real time.

Director of Vision Tactical Yaseen Theba says that the platform encourages a good working relationship with private security companies and law enforcement which is vital especially with the festive period approaching.

“There is a tendency for an increase in crimes during this period, it’s the time of year when criminals take advantage, and this needs to combatted, joining the E2 Project enhances our crime fighting capabilities being in the Private Security Industry.”

Following the launch of this year’s festive season safety campaign by the MEC for Community Safety, Faith Mazibuko, and the SAPS’s Major-General Patricia Rampota, emphasis will be on the E2 project which enforces a stronger operational response to crime hotspot areas.

Theba says that the campaign initiated by the Gauteng Province under “Tight Grip” will be a success as all entities strive to work together with one mandate – making South Africa safer.

The Gauteng Province has collectively developed a provincial joint and intelligence structure operational plan, which will address serious and violent crime, gender-based and domestic violence and femicide, gangs, drugs and human trafficking, contraband and counterfeit goods, road safety and tracing and tracking of wanted and repeat offenders.

Theba adds that Vision Tactical’s Safer Festive Season operational plan is in place together with its partners ER24 and Tracker Connect.

“We believe in building and maintaining strong partnerships and this is evident with ER24 who are experts in their field of Emergency Medical Services as well as Tracker Connect who we work with very closely on a day-to-day basis.”

“We need to be extra vigilant during the festive period as this is a time where we experience a lot of vehicle accidents due to reckless and negligent driving, the focus would largely be on high visibility of members at crime hotspot areas,” Theba said.

These will include heightened visibility at tourist destinations, shopping centres, as well as conducting intelligence driven operations with law enforcement during and post the festive season.

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Contact Mohamed on 074 772 333 3 or email comms@visiontactical.co.za

Gauteng Hijackings Point To Alarming Criminal Trends As Lockdown Eases

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In the second quarter of 2020, Gauteng experienced a decrease in most crimes, but statistics presented on Tuesday point to alarming trends in carjackings, house robberies and crimes reported as a result of police action. The situation has worsened in the months since the heavy Covid-19 lockdown.

There was a lot of green in acting Gauteng police commissioner Major General Patricia Rampota’s report on crime statistics on Tuesday November 17. Rampota updated the provincial legislature on reported crime in the province between July and September 2020 and year-on-year reductions in crime were highlighted in green.

There was a 16% reduction in the 17 community-reported serious crimes, compared with the same period in 2019, including a 10.1% reduction in murder cases, a 10.4% reduction in assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm cases, a 23.3% reduction in common robberies and a 12.2% reduction in sexual offences.

“This can be attributed to the interventions to work on restoring the public’s trust and confidence in the service as well as raising awareness amongst our communities,” said Rampota.

“All law enforcement achieved substantial decreases during the second quarter of the 2020-2021 financial year. We still face tough challenges in separate crimes that are embedded in the broad categories that will be highlighted,” said Rampota, who is acting as the province’s top cop while provincial commissioner Elias Mawela is on leave.

“The lockdown definitely had a huge impact on almost all crime contact categories.

The province’s second-quarter crime statistics were broadly in line with the national figures that Police Minister Bheki Cele presented last week, which showed that crime levels are down compared with a year ago, but are increasing after the country’s hard Covid-19 lockdown.

While Gauteng’s quarterly crime figures are generally lower than at the same time in 2019, reported crimes in most categories have increased between August and September 2020.

In July 2020, SAPS recorded 28,396 cases that fall under the 17 community-reported serious crimes. In September, the number of such cases rose to 35,870.

In July, Gauteng police recorded more than 10,000 cases of contact crimes, including murder, sexual offences, assault and robbery. In September, contact crimes cases jumped to more than 15,000.

“Covid-19 was a game-changer not only for law-abiding citizens, but also for criminals. The limited movement of persons and traffic, as well as the prohibition of selling of alcohol, as per the nationwide lockdown imposed as a result of Covid-19 global pandemic, limited soft and easy targets for criminals and as restrictions were eased so did opportunities to commit crime increase. This naturally had an impact on some crime categories,” said Rampota.

“Seeing as we’re now in lockdown Level 1, we anticipate that crime might be a challenge. However, we’ve got plans in place, working hand-in-hand with other law enforcement agencies.”

Police stations at Johannesburg Central, Hillbrow and Alexandra lead the province with the highest reports of contact crimes. Kagiso, Jeppe and Johannesburg Central police stations recorded the most reports of murder in the second quarter of 2020.

A total of 1,091 murders were recorded in Gauteng in the second quarter of the year, slightly up from the same period in 2016-17, when 1,062 cases were recorded. Over the past five years, murder cases in the province in the second quarter peaked in 2019 at 1,214 cases.

There was a large swathe of red in one section of the SAPS presentation, pointing to worrying increases in crime, even as police have benefited from the lockdown hangover. Those increases fell under the heading “sub categories of robbery aggravated”.

Year on year, cases of carjacking in Gauteng were up 5%, truck hijackings increased 52.1%, cash-in-transit robberies jumped 107.7% and house robberies increased by 2%.

In his presentation last week, Cele explained how, nationally, house robberies had increased by 8.5% in the second quarter while business robberies fell by the same amount.

“As soon as the lockdown had lifted, even before Level 3, we could have seen that carjacking was picking up and carjacking is also a very sought after commodity for criminals and as these vehicles started to take back to the road and people started to work, it was opportunities for these criminals coming back to hijack the vehicles,” Colonel John van der Merwe told the provincial legislature on Tuesday.

Rampota said a multidisciplinary team had been established to target cash-in-transit attacks.

Crimes dependent on police action for detection was another concerning aspect of Gauteng’s crime statistics. It’s seen as a positive if reports of such crimes, such as the illegal possession of firearms, drug-related crime, driving under the influence and sexual offences uncovered as a result of police action, increase. It means cops are doing their jobs and taking proactive steps on crime.

Compared with the same quarter in 2019, crimes heavily dependent on police action for detection dropped by 52.7%.

“We do have issues with regard to this. This is supposed to show increases as this is where we as policemen and women go out to arrest the suspect. So if we don’t go out, get in our vehicles or do our ‘bobby on the beat’ work and arrest the criminals for these types of crimes, then we won’t achieve our increases,” said Van der Merwe.

[Adapted – Daily Maverick]

Members from Vision Tactical lending a helping hand at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton on Friday.

South Africans Should Brace Themselves For A Festive Season Crime Spike, Be Vigilant & Take Precaution

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Violent crimes that South Africans fear most such as murder, attempted murder and robbery have increases dramatically every year. And the bad news is that cases of armed robberies, burglaries, murder, attempted murder and serious assault tend to increase markedly over the festive season.

Vision Tactical Director Yaseen Theba says that there’s a number of reasons why crime rates increase over the festive season.

“More people consume more alcohol and recreational drugs. Research conducted by the South African Police Service (SAPS) shows that most cases of violence occur when acquaintances, friends or family members have arguments that spiral out of control, especially when people are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In many cases, nightclubs, taverns, shebeens and private homes of victims or perpetrators become crime scenes.”

Theba adds that many of these crimes are opportunistic.

“In the case of house burglaries, the opportunity is greater when people are away at work or on holiday. House robberies are also more likely to occur over the summer holidays when people tend to let their guard down and spend more time outside with their doors open.”

Although the available data allows inferences to be drawn about why crime spikes over the festive season, there are no accurate statistics to properly explain the trend.

We do know what the year-on-year crime statistics are for the various police station precincts because these are published annually on the SAPS website.

Central business districts are usually the most high-risk areas in the country. These are areas like central Johannesburg and central Pretoria.

But many businesses close during the festive season and many households visit holiday destinations. This means that many of the high-risk areas may become low risk, and areas that are “sleepy hollows” most of the year may become more high risk over the December holiday period.

Theba has urged that during the festive season, holidaymakers, visitors and those staying at home should remain vigilant.

It is a good idea to discuss the neighbourhood crime situation with the local police, private security companies and community policing structures.

Only through greater community involvement can stronger local support structures be built.

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SA Aviation Community Brings To Life The Children’s Flight 2020

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The SA Aviation Community together with sponsors and partners brought to life the Children’s Flight 2020, an initiative founded by Felix Gosher with the idea to give less fortunate children a chance to take to the sky.

The special event is being held at the Magaliesburg Flying Club.

Gosher says that during the day, only the best is done to inspire the kids to become anything they want to be when they grow up.

“It’s a community based project in which the best pilots from around the country gather to treat children who have never had the chance to fly before.”

Vision Tactical’s Anees Kara who was in attendance together with our medical partners ER24 says it’s heart-warming to see how many brands and sponsors have come together to treat the kids for a day.

“There’s children from the Nelson Mandela Burns Unit, children who have been through traumatic experiences and abuse and underprivileged orphanages, seeing the smiles of the children is all worth it,” said Kara.

The Children’s Flight event is a heartening demonstration of the great generosity, spirit and enthusiasm of the community at large.