The Vehicle Crime Investigation Unit in Gqeberha is urging drivers to be alert for the threat of hijacking.
Investigators have noticed a recent common trend of vehicle hijackings – especially the more expensive vehicles such as SUVs and newer model cars – that are being hijacked in the KwaZakele, New Brighton and Motherwell areas.
In a media statement, SAPS indicated, “It is alleged that suspects are not hijacking the vehicles for re-sale, instead the drivers/owners and occupants in the vehicle are being robbed for their personal possessions such as cash and cell phones.
“The recent trend is that criminals would hijack a vehicle after robbing the complainant, and then use that vehicle to hijack another. They then leave the first vehicle behind, before taking the second vehicle, and so on. The brazen suspects, numbering between two and nine, are armed and, before leaving with the stolen cellphones, complainants are requested to transfer money using the banking apps on their phones.”
Police are further advising people not to sit in their vehicles in the street and chat.