Incidents on the William Nicol Drive on-and off-ramps have been reported, as well as on the N1 north and south, between Malibongwe and William Nicol Drives. According to Captain Mokgowanyana Maja, the Randburg police spokesperson, there have been recurring incidents of hijackings along those roads.
“The suspects operate in a group of two to four. They use a white Ford Ranger or a white Volkswagen Polo and use a blue light. Other vehicles are blue, white or silver Toyota Corollas, a Grey Nissan Navara and a Nissan Almera,” Maja added.
“Victims are held against their will and dropped off in different areas around Gauteng,” he said.
Maja urged motorists to adhere to the following safety tips in order to not fall victims of car hijackings:
- Do not stop if you suspect that the person might be a bogus officer. Drive to the nearest police station, shopping complex or any other busy area.
- Do not drive to your residential area.
- Do not stop at a deserted spot or area to talk on your phone or even relieve yourself.
- Always keep your windows closed.
- If someone tries to force you off the road, don’t panic. Just blow your hooter constantly to draw attention.
- Make sure you park your vehicle in a visible area.
Wahl Bartmann CEO of Fidelity Service Group said theft of items in motor vehicles and of motor vehicle parts has also been flagged, while the remote jamming devices used to jam or unlock cars has now become an everyday thing. People are warned to be very vigilant.
Source: News24, Business Tech, image from Business Tech