KZN police have warned residents not to carry large amounts of cash to minimise the chances of becoming a victim of robberies.
They urged consumers to consider making use of cellphone banking and internet transfers to pay accounts or visit ATMs to do their banking.
KZN police spokesman, Lt/Col Thulani Zwane, said it would be safer if electronic transfers were arranged for casual workers.
“We would also like to warn all stokvel members to take extra precautions when dealing with large amounts of cash. These types of cases are very prevalent during the festive season when members are sharing money. Members can arrange with the banks and deposit their cash into their accounts. People are also urged to not withdraw large amounts of cash,” said Zwane.
Tips to avoid becoming a victim of cash robberies
· Alternate the days and times on which you deposit cash.
· Refrain from making cash deposits.
· 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.
· 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 a bank.
· Refrain from driving to the bank in your company branded vehicle on pay day.
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