The fight against trio crimes is supposedly gaining momentum, according to sources within the South African Police Services (SAPS).
Trio crimes – being the collective name for residential robberies, business robberies and hijackings – have been on the increase in recent years with 2016 seeing close to 20 000 incidents of residential robberies and 21 000 cases of business robberies.
Most affected by this increase are Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces. However, local SAPS have implemented special strategies and task forces to deal with such crimes hoping in a drastic change for 2017.
Part of the deterrence strategy is a collaborative effort with the criminal justice system to afford zero tolerance to perpetrators of these crimes.
Recently, 3 men found guilty of murdering a foreign national in Polokwane while attempting to rob his shop received life imprisonment for murder, 15 years for robbery with aggravating circumstances and an additional 6 years or attempted murder of bystanders.
However, the frequency of these crimes has led authorities to speculate that the procurement of illegal firearms has also been on the rise prompting serious questions of current regulatory strategies.
The SAPS states the fight will continue in any which way until all trio crime perpetrators are removed from the streets.