Theft from moving trucks rampant

2017-01-26 06:02

ACCORDING to a recent discussion on Radio 2000, the N2 highway from Marburg to Ezinqoleni ranks as one of the top hot spots nationally for theft out of moving heavy duty vehicles.

This comes after a video of people stealing cool drinks from a moving Coca-Cola truck on the N2 in Eastern Cape circulated widely in the media two weeks ago.

A similar video of people stealing from a truck stuck in traffic in Durban has also surfaced.

SAPS spokesperson Captain Gerald Mfeka said this has been an ongoing problem for a number of years. He said most incidents occur on the incline between Bhobhoyi and Murchison, as well as at Tuvugezi Valley in Ezinqoleni .

“This has resulted in some of these trucking companies employing the services of security guards to escort their cargo,” said Mfeka.

Not all companies use security escorts, which causes the thefts to continue, he said.

Although the cargo on trucks is mostly covered, thieves climb on board as trucks slowly crawl up the hill towards Murchison and tear the cover and steal whatever is inside.

Sewraj Girdhurparsadh of Aliwal Security, a company that provides armed security guards to escort trucks on the South Coast and nationally, said there is very little that can be done to eradicate the problem.

He agreed that the area between Marburg and Murchison is a notorious hot spot, but attributed this to poverty and the close proximity of homes to the N2.

“A truck can’t drive fast up or down a hill and it also has to stop at traffic lights, which gives thieves the opportunity to climb in and steal,” said Girdhurparsadh.

One of the callers to the Radio 2000 programme blamed unregistered security companies for trying to force truckers to accept their guarding services.

“If you refuse then you definitely get robbed … it is an open secret that these individuals may be behind the thefts,” said the caller.

Mfeka encouraged haulage companies to seek the services of registered security companies to escort and guard their cargo.

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