Roadworks ‘hijacked’

2016-11-29 09:18
Motorists have been cautioned to be vigilant along Strandfontein Road after incidents of hijacking and robberies were heard. Criminals are dragging barriers into the road forcing motorists to stop.

Motorists have been cautioned to be vigilant along Strandfontein Road after incidents of hijacking and robberies were heard. Criminals are dragging barriers into the road forcing motorists to stop. (Chevon Booysen)

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Motorists using Strandfontein late at night or during the early morning hours are urged to be vigilant after a new crime trend has reared its head.

The barriers used along the road in the roadworks being done along Strandfontein Road are said to be used in a new hijacking scheme.

According to a social media post, criminals are pulling the barriers to the middle of the road, forcing motorists to stop along the dark road, putting them in a situation where they could be robbed or hijacked.

“We have some guys in the Pelican Park area who [are] pulling the temporary road barriers into the road at night. Motorists travelling home at night or mornings will hit these barriers forcing them to stop and get robbed by these guys,” the post reads.

The post also describes an incident in which a motorist was fortunate enough to escape a supposed dangerous situation.

“This morning at 02:30 when a guy crashed into the barrier I immediately went around to check and found the driver in shock. Some other motorists stopped but were too afraid to get out of their cars. While on the scene I saw one of our local skelms [thieves] on the scene with a torch, giving his story of what happened. A few guys, including myself, approached him and his friends, as we could see they were up to no good. They obviously denied any involvement or causing the accidents,” the person says.

The post further reads that the man who crashed his car “didn’t feel safe after he was approached”. “After getting back into bed we heard four gun shots coming from that area as well.”
Grassy Park police spokesperson Warrant Officer Wynita Kleinsmith says they can confirm that no criminal cases have been reported.

“[We] became aware of this reports through social media. Regular patrols are done along Strandfontein Road by Grassy Park police as we aware of construction that is currently happening on this road,” Kleinsmith says.

Police have shared these tips for motorists:
Be alert and constantly aware of your surroundings.
Avoid stopping on dark roads.
Lock the doors and windows of your car.
Beware of strangers approaching you.
Slow down well in advance of red robots and accelerate when it turns green.
Keep some distance between you and the car in front of you so that you will be able to turn out if you need too.
Drive straight to your nearest police station for help.

Kleinsmith says they have also engaged with the roadworks contractor to bring this to his attention.

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