Blue Security has warned owners and staff of service stations to be vigilant after armed robbers hit two businesses in the past 24 hours.
Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said armed robbers targeted service stations in Hillcrest and Durban North last night fleeing with cash and other valuables. Mathios said that in the first incident a gang of three armed robbers held up staff at a service station at around 10pm.
“The gang held up staff at gunpoint and robbed them of cash, cigarettes and chocolates before fleeing the scene on foot. No injuries were reported,” he said. Mathios said a gang of at least three armed robbers, one of them a female who was driving the getaway vehicle, parked outside a service station in Hillcrest before entering and holding up the staff. The gang was driving a double cab bakkie.
“Two of the gang members then walked into the business premises where they held up staff members at gunpoint and robbed them of an undisclosed sum of cash before heading back to the getaway vehicle and fleeing the scene. No injuries were reported,” he said. Members of the Hillcrest SAPS attended the scene of the crime.
Mathios advised business owners and managers to be vigilant and to brief staff regarding their business’s security protocols. “It’s important to regularly brief staff on what they need to do in the event of a crime incident in order to minimise harm. Be sure to regularly test panic buttons and ensure that your business’s CCTV surveillance cameras are in good working order,” he said.
“Intelligence gathered from camera footage provides the police and security firms with valuable evidence that assists them in crime investigations and has led to suspects being identified and linked to different crimes when they are arrested,” he said.
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