Concern over hijackers using street kids as ‘bait’

2015-03-24 00:00

ALLANDALE residents believe they are becoming the victims of a “cruel” new hijacking ploy using street children to lure motorists out of their cars.

Residents have warned motorists to ignore children who are “playing dead” in the middle of the suburb’s roads, as two people have almost fallen victim to hijackers when they stopped to help.

Although no cases of hijacking have been recorded to date, two residents suspect they came close to losing their cars.

One resident, Seleisha Narine, said she was driving home at about 9 pm on Khan Road near the Aryan Hall when she saw a dark spot on the road.

“There was a black vehicle following behind me for quite some time when I saw something on the road. I thought it was a packet or a dog but I kept flashing my lights at it,” Narine said.

According to her, a child of no more than six years old jumped up and ran away as she drew near.

“When I didn’t stop, the car that was following … disappeared,” she said.

Another resident, Caleb Naidoo, said he was on Helston Road when he saw a child lying on the side of the road.

“I thought the child was dead. As I jumped out of my car, three men jumped out of the car that was behind me. I was alone so I jumped back into my car and drove off,” he said.

When he returned five minutes later, the child was gone.

“It is cruel if hijackers are roping in children to do their dirty work. We need to be careful, even if it means ignoring helpless children, which does seem ­inhumane,” he added.

Both residents described a black ­vehicle that was following behind them on each occasion.

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