Road users warned

2016-12-15 06:01

Police have warned residents and motorists to be extra vigilant these festive season as crime rate spikes.

Nyanga SAPS have released a list of roads where hijackings are prevalent in the precinct.

Spokesperson Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi told City Vision that motorist should be extra careful when travelling in Borcheds Quarry, Klipfontein Road, Old Klipfontein Road near Boystown in Crossroads, Eisleben Road as well as in Nyanga, Browns Farm and Samora Machel.

“Incidents of hijackings have been reported in the above mentioned areas. The incidents occur at any time of the day and firearms are used to hijack the vehicles.

Motorist should plan their route in advance, keep safe following distance, avoid stopping at remote places and leave early to arrive at their destinations in time. When at a stop or robots leave maximum space in between vehicles , keep your valuables locked inside the boot of your vehicle and Keep doors locked at all times,” she said.

She also advised that motorists must never leave unattended valuables in the car, keep them in the boot and not give lifts to strangers.

With many residents leaving their homes to go for holidays Sitshitshi urged those remaining to be on the lookout.

“Always keep doors properly locked, never open for strangers and be sure who is knocking before you open the door. Children need to be taugh the latter and must be never left alone.

Don’t leave boxes or packages of new items bought outside for display because this can create an opportunity for the criminals, make sure you are not followed home and install strong safety measures in the home,” she added.

She also said that the community must be on the lookout for people roaming the streets even during the day.

“House robberies occur both during the day and night so residents must always be alert of unknown people roaming around the streets.

Be on the lookout of suspicious vehicles because in some instances certain vehicles are used during these robberies.

Firearms are always used in most of these robberies and this indicates a number of people possess unlicensed firearms,” she explained.

She also pleaded with residents to not abuse alcohol as it lead to rape, assaults and domestic violence.

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