Warning on crime scene contamination seen on social media videos
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in Mpumalanga would like to caution the public at large about some videos posted on social media platforms where cash-in-transit crime scenes are contaminated by community members looting remnant of cash left on crime scenes.
The Hawks is appealing to the community members to refrain from such criminality. When crime is committed it is the responsibility of the community to report the incident to the police by immediately calling the Crime Stop number on 086 0010111 or to report the matter to the nearest police station.
Cash-in-transit heist crime scenes can often be very dangerous particularly when explosives are used in such robberies. In some instances it is possible that not all explosives were detonated at the time when the robbery was committed. This therefore poses a risk for detonator to explode in the presence of looters posing a risk on the loss of life.
Furthermore when a robbery is committed, the area now becomes a crime scene and those looting at such crime scenes often contaminate the crime scene which will constitute a crime of theft as well as defeating the ends of justice.
Communities are requested to refrain from entering crime scenes but rather support the work of the police by assisting members when a crime is committed as opposed to being part of the crime itself.
The police cannot be able to fight this crime alone, we therefore call upon all members of the public to join hands in fighting against crime. Together we can do more.
Captain Dineo Lucy Sekgotodi
071 481 3493