Business Against Crime South Africa on the Latest Crime Statistics


Released 30 June 2008, Johannesburg – BACSA remains deeply concerned that the crime level in South Africa remains unacceptably high overall and is further exacerbated by high levels of violence that threaten the feeling of safety and security that citizens have in the country. The latest release of crime statistics by the Minister of Safety and Security do show, however, that some gains are being made in reducing the level of many categories of serious crimes. “The examination of our uniquely violent crime types reveal many complex sets of causes. Minister Nqakula highlighted the importance of strong community action and organization in fighting social contact crimes. Where community action is strong, crimes have reduced measurably, he said. And while there has been a 6.4% reduction in contact crimes, this reduction is not within the 7-10% reduction target set by Government four years ago,” says BACSA CEO Siphiwe Nzimande.

And although, robbery with aggravating circumstances has decreased overall by 7.4% between the period 2006/2007 and 2007/2008, BACSA remains deeply concerned about the increases in its subcategories as reflected in the following trio of crimes:

  • Business robberies (up by 47.7%);
  • House robberies (up by 13.5%)
  • Carjacking (up by 4.4%) and truck jacking (up by 39.6%).

“We are heartened that in Gauteng, where the joint Step Change Working Group has concentrated a significant degree of its efforts, that business robberies are increasing at a lower rate of 13.5% as opposed to the national average of 47.7%. The increases in other provinces such as KZN (up by 92.9%) and Western Cape (up by 222.3%) in relation to business robberies shows displacement from Gauteng in all likelihood and remains a high concern of business both in relation to the direct and indirect costs associated with these increases. BACSA is working with Government and industry partners in these provinces as part of the broadening of the roll-out of strategies and lessons learned in Gauteng” says Nzimande.
In relation to the trio crimes, we concur with the observation made by Government that there are shifts in the trend that the preponderance of Business Robberies at non-residential premises are targeting small businesses, ATMS and now more recently petroleum fueling stations. We need to ensure that measures are developed and implemented and resources deployed to address these shifts, particularly in GP, KZN, WC and North West,” said Nzimande. “Where all key stakeholders and industry partners in addressing a particular crime type have been involved, we are heartened that the multi-pronged and multi-stakeholder approach is showing success. This confirms the approach that BACSA has taken in addressing priority crimes in particular. An example of this is the success story of the reductions in Cash-In-Transit heists, where in the year under review, CIT robberies have decreased by 15.4%. As the issue of addressing crime is complex, we need to see more of these types of partnerships, where information is shared so that planned attacks are prevented, crime syndicates disrupted and the markets removed for stolen goods”, says Nzimande. “Business is making a huge contribution in support of Government to effectively fight crime. Going forward, our support will continue primarily in the following 2 priority areas:

  • The significant improvement of the performance of the Criminal Justice System such that it acts as a deterrent to crimes; and
  • The reduction of violent organized crime (i.e., the trio of crimes) which is being addressed as a matter of urgency”.

“We are steadfast in our viewpoint that in relation to the crime statistics and crime trends Government needs to release these more frequently and include the performance of the entire Criminal Justice System. BACSA will continue to influence this outcome through its sustained partnership with Government. More is required in relation to the performance scorecard of the Criminal Justice System e.g., number of arrests, rates of conviction, time taken to process cases through to the courts and the effectiveness of rehabilitation,” Nzimande says.


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FERRIER INTERNATIONAL keeping you informed and thank BACSA for their latest media release and viewpoint on CRIME in South Africa.


New E-Scams & Warnings

Please be warned of the latest E-Scams alerted by FBI and IC3.-?-?-?


04/17/08—The IC3 warns consumers of recently reported spam e-mail containing a fraudulent subpoena notifying recipients they are commanded to appear and testify before a Grand Jury. The e-mail attempts to appear authentic by containing a court case number, federal code, name and address of a California federal court, court room number, issuing officers’ names, and a court seal. Recipients are directed to click the link provided in the e-mail in order to download and print associated information for their records. If the recipient clicks the link, malicious code is downloaded onto their computer.

The e-mail also contains language threatening recipients with contempt of court charges if they fail to appear. Recipients are also told the subpoena will remain in effect until the court grants a release. As with most spam, the content contains multiple spelling errors.

If you receive this type of notification and are unsure of its authenticity, you should contact the issuing court for validation.

Be aware; if you receive an unsolicited e-mail, especially from an unknown sender, it is recommended you do not open it. If you do open the e-mail, do not click any embedded links, as they may contain a virus or malware.

If you have received an e-mail similar to this, please file a complaint at


02/11/08—With the Valentine’s Day holiday approaching, be on the lookout for spam e-mails spreading the Storm Worm malicious software (malware). The e-mail directs the recipient to click on a link to retrieve the electronic greeting card (e-card). Once the user clicks on the link, malware is downloaded to the Internet-connected device and causes it to become infected and part of the Storm Worm botnet. A botnet is a network of compromised machines under the control of a single user. Botnets are typically set up to facilitate criminal activity such as spam e-mail, identity theft, denial of service attacks, and spreading malware to other machines on the Internet.

The Storm Worm virus has capitalized on various holidays in the last year by sending millions of e-mails advertising an e-card link within the text of the spam e-mail. Valentine’s Day has been identified as the next target.

Be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender. Do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided.

If you have received this, or a similar e-mail, please file a complaint at


02/01/08—The FBI has recently developed information indicating cyber criminals are attempting to once again send fraudulent e-mails to unsuspecting recipients stating that someone has filed a complaint against them or their company with the Department of Justice or another organization such as the Internal Revenue Service, Social Security Administration, or the Better Business Bureau.

Information obtained during the FBI investigation has been provided to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS has taken steps to alert their public and private sector partners with the release of a Critical Infrastructure Information Notice (CIIN).

The e-mails are intended to appear as legitimate messages from the above departments, and they address the recipients by name, and other personal information may be contained within the e-mail. Consistent with previous efforts, the scam will likely be an effort to secure Personally Identifiable Information. The nature of these types of scams is to create a sense of urgency for the recipient to provide a response through clicking on a hyperlink, opening an attachment, or initiating a telephone call.

It is believed this e-mail refers to a complaint that is in the form of an attachment, which actually contains virus software designed to steal passwords from the recipient. The virus is wrapped in a screensaver file wherein most anti-virus programs are unable to detect its malicious intent. Once downloaded, the virus is designed to monitor username and password logins, and record the activity, as well as other password-type information, entered on the compromised machine.

Be wary of any e-mail received from an unknown sender. Do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided. If you have received a scam e-mail please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at


01/17/08—Are you one of many who have received an e-mail, text message, or telephone call, supposedly from your credit card/debit card company directing you to contact a telephone number to re-activate your card due to a security issue? The IC3 has received multiple reports of different variations of this scheme known as “vishing”. These attacks against US financial institutions and consumers continue to rise at an alarming rate.

Vishing operates like phishing by persuading consumers to divulge their Personally Identifiable Information (PII), claiming their account was suspended, deactivated, or terminated. Recipients are directed to contact their bank via a telephone number provided in the e-mail or by an automated recording. Upon calling the telephone number, the recipient is greeted with “Welcome to the bank of ……” and then requested to enter their card number in order to resolve a pending security issue.

For authenticity, some fraudulent e-mails claim the bank would never contact customers to obtain their PII by any means, including e-mail, mail, or instant messenger. These e-mails further warn recipients not to provide sensitive information when requested in an e-mail and not to click on embedded links, claiming they could contain “malicious software aimed at capturing login credentials.”

Please beware—spam e-mails may actually contain malicious code (malware) which can harm your computer. Do not open any unsolicited e-mail and do not click on any links provided.

A new version recently reported involves the sending of text messages to cell phones claiming the recipient’s on-line bank account has expired. The message instructs the recipient to renew their on-line bank account by using the link provided.

Due to rapidly evolving criminal methodologies, it is impossible to include every scenario. Therefore, be cognizant and protect your PII. Beware of e-mails, telephone calls, or text messages requesting your PII.If you have a question concerning your account or credit/debit card, you should contact your bank using a telephone number obtained independently, such as from your statement, a telephone book, or other independent means.

If you have received this, or a similar hoax, please file a complaint at


01/04/08—We have increasingly received reports of fraudulent schemes misrepresenting FBI agents, officials, and/or FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III. The fraudulent e-mails give the appearance of legitimacy due to the usage of pictures of the FBI Director, seal, letterhead, and/or banners. The e-mails may also claim to come from our domestic or overseas offices.

The types of schemes utilizing the names of FBI agents, officials, or the Director’s name are typically lottery endorsements and inheritance notifications. However, other fraudulent schemes include threat and extortion e-mails, website monitoring containing malicious computer program attachments (malware), and online auction scams.

The social engineering technique of utilizing the FBI’s name is to intimidate and convince the recipient the e-mail is legitimate.

The FBI does not send out emails soliciting information from citizens.

Please be cautious of any unsolicited e-mail referencing the FBI, FBI Director Mueller, or any other FBI official endorsing any type of Internet activity.

If you have experienced this situation please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at


01/09/07—There is a new twist to the IC3 alert posted on December 7, 2006 regarding e-mails claiming that the sender has been paid to kill the recipient and will cancel the contract on the recipient’s life if that person pays a large sum of money. Now e-mails are surfacing that claim to be from the FBI in London. These e-mails note the following information:

  • An individual was recently arrested for the murders of several United States and United Kingdom citizens in relation to this matter.
  • The recipient’s information was found on the subject identifying the recipient as the next victim.
  • The recipient is requested to contact the FBI in London to assist with the investigation.

It is not uncommon for an Internet fraud scheme to have the same overall intent but be transmitted containing variations in the e-mail content, e.g., different names, e-mail addresses, and/or agencies reportedly involved. See our related top story on the hitman scam.

Please note, providing any personal information in response to an unsolicited e-mail can compromise your identity and open you to identity theft.

If you have experienced this situation please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at

Due to the threat of violence inherent in these extortion e-mails, if you receive an e-mail that contains personally identifiable information that might differentiate your e-mail from the general e-mail spam campaign, we encourage you to contact the police.


12/07/06—We have recently received information concerning spam e-mails threatening to assassinate the recipient unless the individual pays several thousand dollars to the sender of the e-mail.

The subject claims to have been following the victim for some time and was supposedly hired to kill the victim by a friend of the victim. The subject threatens to carry out the assassination if the victim goes to the police and requests the victim to respond quickly and provide their telephone number.

Warning! Providing any personal information can compromise your identify and open you to identity theft.

If you have experienced this situation, please notify your local, state, or federal law enforcement agency immediately. Also, please notify the IC3 by filing a complaint at

Link to FBI Alert –

FERRIER INTERNATIONAL-? thanks the FBI for this alert as Internet uses get targeted daily.-?