Drivers warned over car stoning

Photo: supplied A vehicle which had its back glass broken by a stone recently.
Photo: supplied A vehicle which had its back glass broken by a stone recently.

MOTORISTS travelling on Ottawa Main Road have been urged to be cautious after two incidents of vehicles being damaged due to stone throwing at the weekend.

Reaction Unit South Africa (Rusa) owner Prem Balram said a patrolling officer was stopped by a member of the public after his vehicle was damaged.

“The Verulam resident informed the officer that while driving his TATA Indica, he heard a loud noise and upon investigation found that his back glass had shattered.

“A small concrete stone was found on the back board.

“It is alleged and not confirmed that someone may have used a sling and shot out the glass,” said Balram.

Balram said this was the second incident on the day as a Phoenix resident travelling to Verulam had his driver’s side window hit.

“On both occasions officers searched the area for perpetrators however no arrests were made,” said Balram.

Verulam SAPS communications officer Lieutenant Mark Prakasim said no reports have been made to police regarding these incidents.

“We are urging the community to report all incidents as our patrols and operations are planned around reported crimes. We are urging these drivers to come forward so we can use the information about what happened to apprehend the perpetrators,” said Prakasim.

Prakasim said from past incidents, it’s the modus operandi of criminals to target vehicle windows with stones to cause the drivers to stop.

“As soon as you stop you get hijacked or robbed. We are urging the public to be aware of this in all areas and if this does happen to you drive to the police station immediately and do not stop,” said Prakasim.

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