These roads have been declared smash-and-grab danger zones

18 May 2017

There have been 78 smash-and-grab cases there in the past 12 months.

The City of Cape Town has asked motorists to be careful at the intersections on Jakes Gerwel drive and Voortrekker road in Cape Town.

This follows after a spate of smash-and-grab incidents occurred at these intersections.

According to a statement released by the city, 78 smash-and-grab cases have been reported at Goodwood police station over a period of 12 months.

Of these incidents, 24 took place in March this year alone.

“The increase in the number of incidents at this intersection appears to be directly linked to our efforts to clamp down on another hotspot further along Jakes Gerwel Drive in the vicinity of Langa, says JP Smith, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security and Social Services.

According to Smith the City is now working with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to combat this problem.

“This includes increased CCTV surveillance to detect suspects roaming the intersection; providing video footage to detectives for follow-up investigations and providing photographs of identified suspects to CCTV operators to help identify these persons during surveillance.”

Smith reckons that the thieves benefit from the fact that roads border on Maitland cemetery.

“Unfortunately the proximity to the Maitland Cemetery means that the criminals have somewhere to run and hide. Despite widespread awareness campaigns, we still see far too many people driving with bags on passenger seats or cell phones in plain sight," he added.

Smith also requested that member of the public report any smash-and-grab incidents to the police.

Watch this footage from February this year to see how smash-and-grab thieves operate at intersections of Jakes Gerwel drive and Voortrekker road.

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