Retailers are prime targets
Johannesburg – As South Africans wind down for the end of the year, criminals are ratcheting up their activity and consumer-facing industries can expect to see a spike in robberies of between 20 percent and 30 percent these holidays.
Currently, he says, there are about 52 armed robberies a day and about 106 burglaries a day on average, based on South African Police Service figures.
Many of these are carried out by professional groups that are syndicated, work in teams of around 15 and use inside information to work out when the best time to strike is, says Phillips.
He notes the cost to the business is “huge” because it will take an outlet about 6 months to get turnover to the same place as it was before the intrusion because consumers are too scared to return.