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)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.