Warning over dangerous hijacking trend targeting motorists on South Africa’s highways
The City of Cape Town states that it is being required to get rid of loads of debris from highways every night as part of a continuous pattern in which hijackers are targeting drivers on highways.
The debris, that includes bricks and blocks of concrete, is put in the roadway to disable automobiles or get vehicle drivers to stop, making them susceptible to wrongdoers, the city stated.
” It has actually ended up being a near nighttime incident for Metro Police officers to get rid of debris from the N2 in addition to their routine patrols,” stated the city’s mayoral committee member for security and security JP Smith.
Aside from offering opportunistic bad guys the possibility to wait for drivers to stop, decrease or have their cars handicapped, the technique likewise has other effects.
” Inclement weather condition, such as thick mist or heavy rain, likewise result in more crashes as presence is minimized and the particles has less opportunity of being identified,” Smith stated.
The majority of the events take place in between midnight and 04h00 when there is less traffic on the roadway, he stated.
‘ The success of the ambush is based upon drivers not having the ability to see the blockage and for that reason day time events are unusual. In spite of this, drivers require to be watchful at all times and not depend on daytime as a preventative procedure,” he stated.
While there are no specific areas for where debris is put, Smith stated that officers focus their efforts in between Borchards Quarry as far as the Symphony Way bridge and predominately incoming in between the R300 and the Airport technique off-ramp.
There is likewise no lane choice and wrongdoers will often stagger the debris, so that when you swerve from one lane to the other you hit particles positioned tactically in the lane you are swerving into, he stated.
” Do not be deceived into believing that it’s a stone that might have fallen off a truck or it’s there by mishap. These are purposeful criminal efforts so that when automobiles break down, travelers are robbed or potentially even worse.”
Smith stated that officers help in between 2 and 6 lorries every night, however not all of these are due to the fact that of the lorry hitting debris.
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https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hijack-3-1200×900.jpeg 1200w”/ >< img src =" https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hijack-2-1024x768.jpeg" sizes =" (max-width: 709px) 85vw, (max-width: 909px) 67vw, (max-width: 1362px) 62vw, 840px "alt ="" width =" 840" height =" 630" data-aspectratio="840/630" data-srcset =" https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hijack-2-1024x768.jpeg 1024w, https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hijack-2-300x225.jpeg 300w, https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hijack-2-768x576.jpeg 768w, https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hijack-2-1536x1152.jpeg 1536w, https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hijack-2-2048x1536.jpeg 2048w, https://businesstech.co.za/news/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Hijack-2-1200x900.jpeg 1200w"/ > Similar occurrences in Gauteng Authorities in Gauteng have actually alerted of comparable strategies being utilized by lawbreakers in the province, with a boost in occurrences of spikes put tactically on the highways by lawbreakers.
Gauteng traffic cops have actually likewise alerted of tough items being tossed from overhead bridges leading to vehicle drivers losing control of their lorries, associated with unneeded mishaps and robbed of their valuables at the same time.
” The method operandi is that these lawbreakers move from one location to the other where the roadways are peaceful to rob drivers of their hard-earned money and other possessions.
” These events take place particularly on Friday nights and throughout the weekend in between 18h00 and 04h00 in the early morning,” the Gauteng Traffic Police stated.
The placement of spikes has actually led to lots of roadway users associated with baseless mishaps and some even losing their lives through these callous acts, stated cops representative Sello Maremane
” The Gauteng Traffic Police will continue to perform police operations on Gauteng significant paths and highways, to make sure that anybody discovered positioning an item is nabbed to deal with the complete may of law.”
The following paths have actually been determined as hotspots for such acts:
- The N4 Mpumalanga to Pretoria in between Solomon Mahlangu and Watermeyer Offramp.
- The N4 Pretoria to Mpumalanga in between Bronkhorstspruit and Balmoral off-ramp.
- The N1 Polokwane N4 Mpumalanga interchange in Pretoria.
- The N4 to Rustenburg in between R80 Mabopane Freeway and Brits plaza tollgate.
- Golden Highway.
- R21 Freeway from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria.