Police warn residents to be on the lookout for ATM scammers

Police warn residents against potential scammers at ATMs following a complaint by an elderly woman. 

Parkview Police have issued safety tips to anyone who makes cash withdrawals at an ATM machine.

This follows a report from an elderly woman residing in Parkhurst, who alleged that two men attempted to scam her at the ATM located on 4th Avenue, Parkhurst, after she had withdrawn cash on 19 February.

The complainant, who would not be named, said the two men advised her to insert her bank card back into the ATM machine and enter her Pin as she needed to cancel her transaction before departing.

Following the report, Rosebank Killarney Gazette contacted the Parkview Police Station. Captain Tintswalo Sibeko, spokesperson at the station said, “This is the first report we have received from someone being scammed at an ATM. We, would, however, like to advise residents to be vigilant at all times while making use of an ATM.”

She offered the following safety tips:

  • Be alert and conscious of your surroundings when using the ATM
  • Never give your card or Pin ( personal identification number) to anyone, for any reason
  • Don’t write your Pin on the card or anything that is kept with the card
  • Do not insert your card until asked to do so by the display screen
  • Never use an ATM with a blank screen and, if the ATM is obscured from view or poorly lit, leave immediately and find another ATM
  • Stand close to the ATM and use your body and hand as a shield to make sure nobody sees you keying in your Pin
  • Make sure you keep your hand over the card slot to make sure nobody can swop or take your card
  • Never accept help from strangers when using an ATM. You should be wary of strangers asking for help
  • Criminals work in teams – one to distract you while the other steals your card or money
  • If your card is retained (swallowed) by the ATM, it is advisable to phone your bank’ s toll-free stop-card line immediately and stop your card
  • Never allow a bystander to call the toll-free stop-card line on your behalf – they could be tricking you into thinking your card has been stopped
  • Guards are placed at ATMs to discourage criminal activities and therefore cannot help you with transactions
  • It is advisable to set a daily ATM withdrawal limit at your branch
  • If you need help, ask a bank official.

Enterprise polony identified as source of listeria outbreak

More than 16 environmental samples from the Enterprise Polokwane factory tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6.

Polony and products from an Enterprise Foods factory in Polokwane‚ Limpopo‚ are the source of the world’s largest outbreak of listeria.

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi made the announcement on Sunday afternoon.

More than 16 environmental samples from the Enterprise Polokwane factory tested positive for the listeriosis monocytogenes strain ST 6.

The results from the factory were confirmed at midnight on Saturday at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases as the strain to blame for the outbreak that killed 27% of patients in South Africa.

“Avoid all processed meat products that are sold as ready to eat‚” said Motsoaledi. He told pregnant women to avoid any processed meat “like the plague”.

“The National Consumer Commission has issued the manufacturer involved [Enterprise] with food recall notices‚” Motsoaledi said.

This particular strain of listeria monocytogenes that infected so many people is sequence-type 6 and was particularly “virulent”. It was transmitted from food.

It led to at least 180 deaths and infected almost 1‚000 people.

“It is the worst outbreak in global history‚” Professor Lucia Anelich from Anelich Consulting Food Safety Solutions said earlier.

Listeriosis affects the elderly‚ those with compromised immune systems such as people with Aids and diabetics, and newborn babies.

The disease is particularly scary for pregnant woman who may have no symptoms when being infected with the bacteria but can pass it on to their babies.

It is believed the number of stillbirths may have increased as a result of pregnant women infected with it‚ said Juno Thomas‚ head of enteric diseases at the NICD.

One of the reasons it is so hard to find is because, even in solid food‚ a scientist may sample the infected food and not find it. For example‚ a slice of polony could be tested and have none of the micro-organism, but a different slice could have it.

Anelich said: “A micro-organism in a solid food is not homogenously distributed throughout food. A statistical sampling technique has to be used to ensure it is detected.”

It is also difficult to find in factories. Anelich said it could hide away in niches in the factory environment in cracks or bad joints and pipes.

Even if you sanitised a factory‚ you could miss the bugs hiding in cracks‚ she said.

Listeria bacteria can sense when it is near other bacteria and secrete a sugary goo. This substance is called a biofilm and can allow the bacteria to live on inanimate surfaces.

The biofilm protects the bacteria from cleaning agents. “A detergent could get superficial cells but leave behind some bacteria.”

Motsoaledi said that people at risk such as pregnant women‚ those with HIV and weakened immune system had to avoid all ready-to-eat products such as viennas‚ polony and frankfurters. These could be cross-contaminated in shops as they are often stored next to polony.

A Rainbow Chicken factory in Wolwerhoek in Sasolburg also tested positive for listeria monocytogenes – but it was not the strain causing this current outbreak.

Polony made by Rainbow Chicken has also been recalled.

Listeriosis – what to do with your Enterprise or Rainbow polony?


#SAveWater #EveryDropCounts

Vision Tactical , along with ER24, took up the challenge to #SaveWater during Deep Clean Sunday, this past weekend.

The challenge was to wash the outside of the vehicle with only one bucket of water!
#SAveWater #everydropcounts


Operation Buya Mthetho

Today, under the leadership of our new Chief of JMPDPolice, Mr David Tembe, supported by senior officials from the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) and by those from across all departments, the City of Joburg will launch with Operation Buya Mthetho.

Success Report 22/01/2018

Success Report

Vision Tactical received a call for suspects that are stealing boxes of trucks destined for deliveries.
We responded to the scene in crown mines and obtained the suspect information and kept the witness ready for ID parade.

We went in the direction the suspects fled and chased them further into the squatter camp.

One Suspect was arrested and the stolen box was recovered. Suspect positively identified. One suspect fled, unknown description.

Case number to follow. JHB Central.

Success Report : 17/01/2018

A resident from Houghton reported to a stationed Vision Tactical Security Officer that he was robbed. Vision Tactical Intervention Unit together with Response units arrived at the scene.

Victim was pointed with firearm and robbed of a phone some time before he reported to the security as he was passing. Suspects description was obtained immediately and we started to track the cell phone. Phone was traced to Alex near Pan Africa Junction.

Vision Tactical contacted security units in that area as they started making their way to the tracked phone. David from 7 Arrows spotted the suspect as per the description and the suspected was apprehended. We thank David for his swift response.

Suspect detained at Alex SAPS.

Case number to follow.

Firearm Norinco found in possession of suspect.

Sought as per cas 1**\8\2017 Garsfontein

Residence Drivers license was found also.

Namola : Taxi Caught in Shootout

True to its mission of connecting citizens to safety in emergency situations, Namola successfully helped Lucia through a recent traumatic event, “Their response was very quick and the Namola team was really amazing.”

The Namola Response Centre received a request for help when Lucia was shot at while using an e-hailing service, allegedly by armed robbers.

Using the phone’s GPS coordinates, Namola was able to speedily report the incident to the nearest SAPS officials who were able quickly get to the scene of the incident.

Vision Tactical – a Namola Watch responder in the area – was also able to get to Lucia quickly by using the Namola provided coordinates. Vision Tactical safely helped Lucia get to the closest police station where she was able to report the incident to the authorities.

Lucia is another satisfied Namola user, who was able to safely get help in an emergency: “Being a victim of crime is a horrific experience, but Namola made the most traumatic experience of my life bearable.”

There were no injuries or casualties, and the case is pending investigation.

E-hailing services are convenient, reliable, comfortable and cost-effective. But, they are also controversial, with ongoing violence levelled at the popular services that enable users to make use of mobile apps to order taxis.

Because these e-hailing services provide an alternative to the more traditional metered taxi and public transport services, there are unfortunately times when unsafe situations can arise.

Make sure you know how to stay safe when using these services. Click here for more info

Gauteng residents brace for severe storms, large hail, damaging winds

Following an intense heat wave‚ the South African Weather Service on Tuesday warned Gauteng residents to brace themselves for some heavy rain.

According to the weather service‚ severe storms with large hail and damaging winds could possibly hit the province on Tuesday.

In the last fierce hailstorm to hit Johannesburg two weeks ago‚ several people were injured while two people were killed when heavy winds ripped roofs and collapsed structures.

At the time Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development Jacob Mamabolo said 51 RDP houses and 12 shacks were damaged in Mohlakeng. Seven of the 12 shacks were completely destroyed.

In Zuurbekom the roofs of 14 houses were blown off‚ power lines exposed and some roads closed off after trees fell onto the street. In Simunye‚ close to Bekkersdal‚ four houses were damaged while in Roodepoort a tree fell onto a house.

Thank you to the police, medics, firefighters & a host of emergency response partners!

Enjoying the festive season knowing that police, medics, firefighters & a host of emergency response partners are on call?

Like this post to share your appreciation for their service & sacrifices all year round, but particularly at this time of year #thankyou