Durban – An investigation at Point SAPS is underway after a businessman was robbed of R25, 000 in cash by armed robbers, while he was on his way to the bank in the Durban CBD, last week.
According to Blue Security’s community and media liaison officer, Andreas Mathios, the businessman had just left the premises of his business in the area when four suspects held him up at gunpoint and robbed him.
“The armed gang held up the businessman as he walked across the road to where his vehicle was parked. They robbed him of his bag, which contained the cash. They fled the scene in a grey BMW with no registration plates. No injuries were reported,”he explained.
Mathios confirmed that Point SAPS attended the scene of the crime.
He advised business owners to be alert when travelling to and from the bank, especially around month-end when criminals are aware that businesses are usually busy and staff wages are paid.
“Always be vigilant when going out to do banking or driving back to the bank because criminals often stake out victims before striking. Try to take a manager or a colleague with you to do the banking and be sure to vary the days and times that you bank cash or draw funds,” he suggested.
He advised businessmen and women to also be alert to any individuals standing outside the bank using a cellphone because spotters are sometime used to identify potential victims who are then followed back to their business premises where they are robbed.