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Vanderbijlpark police warn car owners about rise in carjackings

───   ZENANDE MPAME 09:16 Sat, 22 Jun 2024

Vanderbijlpark police warn car owners about rise in carjackings | News Article
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“This comes after the precincts experienced lots of common robberies and carjackings recently.”

The police in Vanderbijlpark urge car owners and drivers to be vigilant in the area because of a recent rise in carjackings in Bophelong and Vanderbijlpark.

Police have noticed that suspects do not necessarily tail the victim to hijack the vehicle but use it in their favour when they see an opportunity.

When visiting, drivers are urged to stay inside the yards, to avoid parking in quiet areas at all times, and to always be alert when opening the gate to their property.

“Car owners have fallen prey to suspects who target vehicles parked at gates or in open spaces,” said Vanderbijlpark police spokesperson Sabelo Sigcu.

“Drivers and car owners are warned to be aware of several new tactics used by criminals in the Vanderbijlark area.

“We have seen a rise in carjacking reports so we urge all motorists to be vigilant and careful,” he said.

Cartrack released six tips on how to protect yourself from hijackers:

  1. Check that you are not being followed: Always be extra vigilant when leaving malls, your work, or when heading home late at night, that is when most follow-homes occur.
  2. Check the street when approaching your home: Check your street for perpetrators before you leave or enter your home. Rather drive around the block if you feel unsafe and see unfamiliar pedestrians around.
  3. Be vigilant when approaching your driveway: Make sure your driveway is well-lit, especially when returning home at night.
  4. Keep alert when entering your vehicle: Have your keys ready, lock the door immediately after entering, and close your windows.
  5. Be aware when parking your vehicle: When parking your vehicle, take one look around before exiting your car, and see if there could be anyone suspicious around.
  6. Be cautious while on the road: Know where you are going beforehand, to avoid getting lost in unknown areas.

Meanwhile, Botshabelo police have launched a manhunt after a victim was attacked on arrival at his home on Thursday (20/6) and his vehicle was hijacked and found burned near a water plant.

The man (40) from H-Section alleges that on arrival at his house, he parked his vehicle in front of the gate, opened the gate, and walked back to the vehicle. “He was ambushed by three unknown males who pointed a gun at him and drove away with his vehicle and all his belongings that were inside,” said Free State police spokesperson Mahlomola Kareli.

“Botshabelo police were summoned to the scene and a case of hijacking was opened for further investigation. A silver Volkswagen Polo TSI fitting the description of the stolen vehicle was found burned near the water purification plant a few hours later.”

No one has been arrested yet and anyone with information is urged to contact Botshabelo Station Commander Colonel Phasha on 082 040 8161, drop an anonymous tip-off on MySapsApp, or call the police crime line on 08600 10111.  

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