Higginson drivers warned of theft and hijacking threats

2014-08-04 00:00

MONTCLAIR police have warned motorists to be wary of suspicious looking people lurking at intersections of the Higginson Highway.

The call came after a spate of smash and grab, and hijacking incidents along the busy road.

Montclair community policing forum chairperson Gavin Hegter said they would be working in conjunction with the police to curb the criminal activity in the area.

“Criminals wait for cars to stop at the intersections and make use of the opportunity to get whatever is on the front seats. People must not under any circumstance leave valuable such as laptops, handbags, cellphones etc on the front seat. This is why they are being targeted.”

Salona Harricharan from Bakerville Gardens was a victim of a smash and grab recently.

“I am so paranoid now when I stop at a robot. I scan the area checking to see if there’s anyone looking,” she said.

Harricharan was on her way to work using a route through Mobeni when she heard a loud bang in the vicinity of the N2 off-ramp.

“This man just shoved his entire body into my car, and grabbed my laptop and cellphone, which were on the floor. I tried to grab my stuff back, but another man holding a knife, approached my vehicle and I was forced to let it go,” she said.

Hegter said that criminals were easily able to flee after incidents, with easy access off the highway. “These criminals run through the storm drain that leads into Lamontville where they tend to disappear.”

• When spotting a suspicious person loitering along the freeway, contact the Montclair SAPS at 031 469 8200.


• Always travel with the car doors locked.

• Keep all windows closed or, at most, not open more than a hand space.

• Leave enough room between your car and the one in front to avoid being boxed in.

• Remain in your car if it is hit from behind. Inspect any damage only once you are sure it is not a hijack attempt.

• Attract the attention of other motorists or pedestrians if you think you are in danger.

• Be aware of anybody who approaches your car or is loitering near traffic lights.

• Constantly monitor what vehicles are travelling behind, ahead and next to you.

• If you suspect that you are being followed, you should ideally drive to the nearest police station.

• Report any suspicious looking strangers and vehicles to the police. Give a description of the occupants and their vehicle.

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