More South Africans are buying online and getting goods delivered to their homes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, courier activities have increased. With this uptick in couriers on our roads and the fact that most of the personnel are unarmed and without training to deal with hijackings, they are soft targets.
Usually, courier vans carrying high-value goods are specifically sought and targeted by syndicates. However, there are also opportunistic incidents that occur in residential areas. Either way, the situation is often violent and a threat to both delivery personnel and residents accepting deliveries.Read more