Pinetown’s very own crime spot

2014-01-17 00:00

AT least four robberies occur at Old Main Road intersections in Pinetown every week when motorists stop at red traffic lights, said local police.

The Old Main intersections with Anderson, Glenugie and Crompton roads have now been tagged as crime hotspots.

According to police, the attackers are not necessarily interested in stealing the car, they just want the valuables inside the car, like cellphones, bags, jackets and laptops.

This week, Kerrie Hudson sent shockwaves through the community when she allegedly fired shots at men suspected of trying to mug her on the intersection of Old Main Road and Anderson Street.

One of the bullets injured a passenger in a passing taxi.

With at least two similar incidents this week, the Pinetown Community Police Forum has now taken up this safety issue.

CPF chairperson Matthew Buthelezi said they are concerned about incidents, and have discussed the matter at length. “And we agreed to engage the Metro Police,” he said.

Buthelezi, however, refused to divulge the extent of the discussion and the plans to curb robberies at the intersections.

The CPF also wants CCTV cameras to be installed at these intersections.

A taxi driver, Mdu Masango, said robberies were common in the area. “It happens every day.There are more robberies during peak hours.”

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said robberies at robots were quite common in all cities. “Incidents occur during peak periods when traffic volumes are high. Attackers notice vehicles’ windows down and strike,” he said, adding criminals often target motorists talking on their cellphones as they are distracted.

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