Cash Heist at FNB Stadium after Bieber Concert

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Fudzy

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This sickens me. It never ceases to amaze me how low people will go. The sheer brazen depravity is a symptom of a nation that is reached the depths of the swamp of immorality. A sickness has set in that if left unchecked will spell the doom of the rainbow nation.

I don't even know WHY we tolerated a Justin Beiber concert taking place on our soil in the first place.

Well played :)
 

tsume

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Wouldn't most of that money reside with the people who own the stalls? Or does FNB manage everything that goes on inside the stadium?

I'm not really sure on this fact. I wont claim to know the ins and outs of how they operate. My guess would be that even if you owned a stall you would need some where to store your earnings (remember this venue close's late) until a cash transit vehicle picks up the money, in which the FNB stadium provided a safe for that.
 

Hemi300c

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Reminds me of the Krugersdorp bank heist in the 70's.

If you have to do crime, I believe me I detest crime, the this is how it's done. No human lives at risk, no animals or "private property" damaged.
 

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Motion sensors in Safes? Seriously? You guys watch way too many movies :D If you have a safe of <insert category> then you can insure the contents that category is deemed safe to keep.
 
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They didn't have anyone to guard a safe with millions of rands in? They didn't check the safe was secure before the concert? Do they not have cameras at the exits and entrances?
 

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They didn't have anyone to guard a safe with millions of rands in? They didn't check the safe was secure before the concert? Do they not have cameras at the exits and entrances?

I'm sure the rabbit hole goes deep on this one.
 

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Motion sensors in Safes? Seriously? You guys watch way too many movies :D If you have a safe of <insert category> then you can insure the contents that category is deemed safe to keep.

Ja. From what I heard on 702 it was not even safe, it was just a secluded room that nobody knew about. Even the guy who's in charge of the stadium said that he didn't know that the place existed.
 

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Millions of Rands

Millions of rands have been stolen in a break-in at the FNB stadium south of the Johannesburg CBD, Gauteng police said on Monday.

"It is alleged that [a stadium employee] had locked money in the walk-in safe following the Justin Bieber concert and left for home last night at about 11pm," Lt-Col Katlego Mogale said.

On Monday morning, when she reported for duty, she discovered several doors leading to the main safe had been tampered with.

Mogale said the robbers gained entrance through a bathroom roof leading

to the safe wall and forced it open.

"The suspects then used rope to gain entry from the roof to the safe and removed millions of rands in cash."

Mogale said video footage of the robbery was being applied for and an investigation was underway.


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Date : 13 May 2013 17:24
 

Albereth

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I doubt much cash was actually on the premises, surely the tickets were purchased before hand?

At the amount they charge for coke and water there would be plenty.

But tickets sales were not at the stadium
 

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Ignorant question: Are cash takings at such an event insured? Is it possible to?

If the management of this event had their ducks in a row, then yes, they would have insured the cash on premises. Something like this is quite doable.

Motion sensors in Safes? Seriously? You guys watch way too many movies :D If you have a safe of <insert category> then you can insure the contents that category is deemed safe to keep.

Wait, so the safe in the venue is accessible from a place that isn't actively monitored, and the safe itself isn't actively monitored?!?!?!

From all I have learnt via the media, I doubt this was much more than a secluded room in the stadium. It definitely doesn't qualify as a strongroom, as a strongroom is usually constructed of reinforced concrete with a certain type of safe door protecting it.

The insurers are going to be spitting mad if they did not do their homework on the protection of the cash/money.

Given the cash which is likely to have been there, from a risk management pov, I would have insisted on alarm protection of sorts covering the entrance to room, if not in the room itself. I have read of too many stories where the critters drop in from above the safe. (One I recall from PMB where they cut the IBR roof and broke through the ceiling into the strongroom. Was a Steers or Debonairs iirc. Was not substantial but it hurt because the IR sensor in front of the door was "senseless" for this loss.)

As soon as my colleague is back in the office, I am going to ask him what sort of protections he'd have asked for something like this.

At the amount they charge for coke and water there would be plenty.

But tickets sales were not at the stadium

A pie and coke was about R50 when I was at the Coldplay concert. So yeah, they were sitting on a small fortune there.
 

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Reward considered for Heist info

FNB Stadium management was on Tuesday considering offering a reward following the theft of over a million rand.

"We have not confirmed a reward as yet. We are still discussing the merits of the case," CEO Jacques Grobbelaar said.

The money was stolen from the stadium's strong room, where cash proceeds from the Justin Bieber and Bon Jovi concerts were locked away, overnight on Sunday.

On Monday morning a stadium employee realised the doors leading to the main safe had been tampered with.

The Star reported that the robbers got into the women's toilet next to the strong-room. They climbed into the ceiling, chiselled through an adjoining wall and lowered themselves into the strong room through a hole they made in the ceiling.

Grobbelaar said it was suspected the heist was an inside job, as the wall leading to the safe could not have been broken through in a few hours.

"It took a couple of days to create the cavity in the wall... it must have been internal, bearing in mind we started loading [equipment for the concert] a week before the actual show," said Grobbelaar.

He said on the day of the heist there were 4000 staff at the stadium. Of these 993 were security personnel. Stadium management had been satisfied with security, with only petty theft being reported.

"This is the first incident of theft in more than four years," he said.


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Date : 14 May 2013 15:57
 

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Big Concerts 'freaked out' by Bieber Heist

Cape Town - The theft of millions of rand from the FNB Stadium after the Justin Bieber concert on Sunday has left the organisers, Big Concerts, “shaken”, “freaked out” and considering “paramilitary” security for major events.

The theft from a strongroom in the bowels of the stadium took place early on Monday – apparently through a hole that must have been chiselled away, undetected, over a significant period.

Initial reports said as much as R3 million had been stolen.

Big Concerts’ chief executive, Justin van Wyk, told the Cape Argus: “This has rattled us to the core. I’m even concerned about our personal security. It’s freaked us out.”

Van Wyk said the heist had left them asking serious questions.

“You bring out these huge stars, and the next day someone’s cleaned you out. Literally. They had planned for weeks and weeks, and taken (the strongroom) apart piece by piece, right in the belly of the stadium.”

Once in the strong room, the thieves broke open cash boxes and stuffed large-denomination notes into rucksacks. They left the smaller notes and change scattered around the room.

Van Wyk said the stolen funds would exacerbate crime.

“These proceeds of crime are going to be reinvested in crime. These are people with specialist knowledge, and they are going to use these resources to buy more guns, to further crime.

“They’re hitting shopping malls, airports and now stadiums. What’s next?”

Van Wyk emphasised that the police had been “amazing”.

“When we have these big stars, we hire a wide range of security experts and teams. The management, at the top, is excellent. And the close-protection officers, who guard the VIPs, are excellent.”

His concerns were about stadium security, Van Wyk said.

“At every big event like this we have in excess of 1 000 guards. And long before this incident we had concerns.

“We have guards at the primary barricades, the secondary barricades, backstage, at the turnstiles, all the key areas – and we find that no matter how many measures and mechanisms or oversight authorities there are for the security industry, it seems crime is endemic.

“The security industry is overrun by people who cannot necessarily be trusted.”

Stadium Management South Africa’s chief executive Jacques Grobbelaar called on the security industry to do something urgently about its integrity.

“We will be moving from private security to paramilitary security. If that’s what it takes, they’re the people we’ll be hiring.”

Source: http://www.iol.co.za/capeargus/big-concerts-freaked-out-by-bieber-heist-1.1516169?utm_medium=[%27facebook%27]&utm_source=dlvr.it#.UZNljpzN58E
 
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