“Always assume that any Wi-Fi network you are using, especially those in public areas, may be compromised. Don’t use internet cafes or unsecured terminals (hotels, conference centres, etc) to do your banking. Change your password regularly and never share these with anyone else.”Pillay went on to urge businesses to vary the days and times on which they visit the bank, and to never make their visits publicly known. It’s best to do these things with another person, and avoid making deposits on high-risk days, such as the Monday after month end.
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“We know that during this month, criminals go all out to attack the cash-in-transit vehicles because they are fundraising for December,” said Mkongi. “We must squeeze them, we know most of them are armed and we must understand who is arming them.”The SAPS have deployed a number of highly visible law enforcement teams that are focusing on numerous critical areas. These include house and business robberies, vehicle hijacking, crimes against women, children and vulnerable persons, enforcing road safety, etc. With the school holidays in full swing, we need to keep a hawk’s eye on our children. In the instances of violent crimes increasing over December, the involvement of drugs and alcohol is almost always present and illegal weapons are often used to commit them. Not only does crime increase, but accidents on the road also see an alarming upsurge during the holiday season. It’s important to stay sober when you’re behind the wheel, and be aware of other drivers who may be intoxicated. Communities and individuals have an imperative role to play in acting responsibly, reporting crimes and remaining vigilant. For those about to leave on holiday, make your arrangements well in advance, and then head out with peace of mind.