We are ready for them, says SBV

A spokesman for SBV Services, a cash-in-transit company, said he could not comment on his company's security arrangements for the festive season.

A spokesman for SBV Services, a cash-in-transit company, said he could not comment on his company's security arrangements for the festive season.

"In no way are we going to disclose information regarding our weapons, training and security arrangements because of security reasons. Disclosing such information is going to compromise the safety of our industry because these robbers read the newspapers.

"The information is of a sensitive nature and all I can say is that we are prepared and ready to work throughout the festive season," he said.

Recently, Sowetan reported thatCoin Security Group was using so-called "hit squads" to extract confessions from their guards.

The guards said the hit squads were hired years ago under the pretext that they were police.

They said whenever there was a heist and management suspected an inside job, the hit squads would be used to torture suspected guards.

The torture involved assault, beatings with batons and the use of electric prongs to electrocute guards on their genitals. The purpose, they claim, is to "extract" confessions after robberies.

Recently five Coin security guards based at the Modderfontein depot said the hit squads took them to a secluded area where they were forced to confess to things they did not know about. This happened after the depot was robbed of R50million.

During the festive period robberies are expected to rise. In the past two months there have been more than 13 robberies countrywide.

Last month four armed robbers were killed by police in Dobsonville, Soweto, after robbing a Teba Bank.

In Soshanguve, Pretoria, two men were arrested while waiting to rob a shopping centre. Police found an R5 rifle and a 9mm firearm.

This week in Bellville, Cape Town, robbers managed to make off with an undisclosed sum of money during a cash-in-transit heist.

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