Up to the plate

02 May 2004 Angelo Coppola

The recent donation of R1m by the members of the SAIA to Business Against Crime (BAC) is an example of how serious SAIA is in helping to fight crime.

Note: SAIA’s membership consists of 53 short-term insurance companies. 

“The short-term insurance industry pays billions of rands each year in claims resulting from crime related losses, especially with regards to motor vehicle crime,” says SAIA Executive Caroline da Silva. 

“It therefore makes good business sense for SAIA’s members to support any initiative that aims to assist in the reduction of motor vehicle crime. 

BAC’s motor vehicle crime fighting task team has been doing excellent work in the past few years which is why we have decided to show our support in the only way that would really make a difference. 

This is the fourth consecutive year SAIA has donated a million rand to BAC.”

“Recent successes in the fight against crime in general, as well as in insurance fraud in particular, have shown the value of close partnerships between the South African Government, the SAPS, Business Against Crime (BAC), and insurance associations such as the SAIA and its individual member companies,” adds Da Silva.

Although it is very difficult to find a direct correlation between improving crime statistics and the efforts of BAC or any other organisation, the SAIA is convinced that the efforts of BAC are really making a difference and that they will continue to do so. 

“Statistics with regards to motor vehicle crime, including hi-jacking and theft, have been on the decrease for some time now. 

We are certain the efforts of BAC, together with those of the SAPS, have made a difference.  In addition, most of our members have shown an improvement in motor vehicle claims resulting from crime losses.”

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