Armed robbers assaulted a security guard during an armed robbery in Edwin Swales Drive South of Durban this morning.
Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said the gang of robbers assaulted the security guard when they held him up after forcing their way into the business premises at around 5am this morning. “Four armed suspects arrived at the premises in a black VW Jetta and forced open the driveway gate before holding up the security guard in the onsite guard room. Two of the suspects assaulted the security guard with the butt of a firearm, while the other suspects forced open the front door of the business premises. The security guard sustained a cut injury to his face,” Mathios said.
“The suspects then fled the scene with computer screens. Provincial paramedics attended the scene and treated the security guard for his injury before transporting him to hospital.”
In an earlier incident in Warwick Junction armed robbers stormed into a business premises and held up staff at gunpoint at around 8pm on Sunday night. “Five armed suspects stormed into the building and forced the security guards at the premises to lie face down on the floor. The suspects robbed the security guards and staff members of their cellphones and fled with cash and other goods from the business. No injuries were reported,” Mathios said.
Members of the Durban Central SAPS attended the scene of the crime.
Mathios advised business owners to be vigilant as the had been a spate of armed robberies at business premises across the city over the past week.
“Armed robbers are targeting businesses in the early hours of the morning and around closing time when staff are focused on wrapping up the business for the day,” Mathios said. “Business owners are advised to install CCTV surveillance cameras and to ensure that alarm systems and electric fences are operating optimally as these provide an early warning system to protect staff and assets. Camera footage is also a valuable tool in the hands of your security company and the police should an incident occur.”
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