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Convicted criminals reveal how they organise cash-in-transit crimes

Dr Hennie Lochner interviewed 21 convicted robbers, in order to find information that could help police.

SBV Services cash-in-transit van. Picture: SBV.

JOHANNESBURG - A senior lecturer from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of South Africa‚ Dr Hennie Lochner, has given insight into some of the thorough planning that takes place ahead of a cash-in-transit heist, and says the police service may need to keep a close watch on its Crime Intelligence Unit.

Lochner has interviewed 21 convicted cash in-transit robbers, in order to find information that might help police.

He says some of most professional crimes take up to five months to organise.

"The average is five months, the longest was one year and two months. The first stage is the pre-planning phase and that is to go look for a next target. To get information, scouting, reconnaissance, corrupt police officials, corrupt cash-in-transit officials."

The planning includes the recruitment of well-known cash-in-transit robbers.

Three of the convicted criminals interviewed for the study are graduates.

Lochner says, "All of them are educated. Two of them have received a degree. Two of them are still in third year. One is doing master's degree. They are intelligent people."

LISTEN: 21 convicted robbers reveal how they organise cash in-transit crimes