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King Williams Town SAPS warns community after robberies ATMs

Mar 10, 2016
King Williams Town SAPS warns community after robberies ATMs

King Williams Town SAPS are warning local residents to be aware of criminals targeting ATMs in the area.

"In an effort to fight crime in our community, Police warned the community members as they are often approached at ATMs and are being robbed of their cash," said police spokesperson, Lieutenant Siphokazi Mawisa.

"It came to Police's attention that there are three unknown males that rob people at gunpoint but Police ensure visibility at all times in the CBD area. The community is advised to be vigilant at all times more especially at the ATMs."

Lt Mawisa sais that the following precautions can be taken to prevent one from being a target;

  • Never accept help from strangers when using an ATM;
  • Take your time while doing your transaction. Don’t be distracted, intimidated or hurried into your transaction;
  • Be vigilant and or conscious at all times;
  • Never go alone to an ATM more especially when you are unsure on how to use it 
  • Be watchful of people following you (on foot or vehicle) after you have withdrawn your money. Be on the look-out for people who may bump into you or offer you help, as they may pick your pockets or handbag. After having drawn money, be extra cautious when arriving at your next destination and
  • Be sure no one is looking over your shoulder when you key in your PIN.

"SAPS is committed in creating a safe and secure environment for all people in South Africa, this can only be achieved if individuals and communities cooperate with the police by volunteering information on criminals and their activities. In partnership the Police and the community can act together to prevent crime," she said.