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Handle your cash with care this festive season

Don’t be a victim of cash robberies this festive season with these tips from the SAPS.

Many residents will be enjoying the spending freedom that their end of year bonus brings.

It is with this in mind that the SAPS released the following safety tips to help community members be more aware of their surroundings and not become robbery victims.

Tips individuals can use to avoid being a victim of cash robbery:

  • If you need to pay accounts, consider options that are lower risk instead of withdrawing large sums of cash, ie debit order or electronic transfers.
  • Carry as little cash as possible.
  • Do not advertise to anyone that you are carrying a large amount of cash.

Tips that businesses can use to avoid cash robberies:

  • Alternate the days and times on which you deposit cash.
  • Never make your bank visits public, even to people close to you.
  • Do not openly display the money you are depositing while you are standing in the bank queue.
  • Avoid carrying money bags, briefcases or openly displaying your deposit receipt book.
  • It’s advisable to identify another branch nearby that you can visit to ensure that your banking pattern is not easily recognisable or detected.
  • If the amount of cash you are regularly depositing is increasing as your business grows, consider using the services of a cash management company.
  • Refrain from giving wages to your contract or casual labourers in full view of the public rather make use of wage accounts that can be provided by your bank.
  • Refrain from driving to the bank in your company branded vehicle on a typical ”pay day”.
  • q Consider arranging for electronic transfers of wages to your contract or casual labourers’ personal bank accounts.

The SAPS urges residents and companies to take these safety tips to heart.

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