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NEW modus operandi – rope strung over road for bikers 

Criminals in South Africa will do just about everything to make sure that they get what they want. 

HERE IS THE NEW MODUS OPERANDI ON THE ROADS

A new modus operandi has emerged, and it is shocking. 

Criminals now strung ropes across the road for bikers. Once the bikers fall, robbers hijack and steal from them.

According to crime activist Yusuf Ambramjee, this is a new modus operandi. And if it isn’t ropes strung over the roads, it is spikes or rocks. 

The South African Police Service (SAPS) is urging Gauteng motorists not to stop for road obstructions as spiking incidents are increasing at an alarming rate in the province.

WHAT ELSE WILL CRIMINALS THINK OF?

Opportunistic criminals place spikes, rocks, or clothing to resemble a person on roads with the hope of getting vehicles to stop, at which point they swoop in and rob motorists.

Earlier this month, the SAPS arrested ten suspects in connection with vehicle spiking. 

One of the criminals attacked officers, who then shot and killed him.

HERE’S WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE SPIKES YOUR VEHICLE

  • Never stop your vehicle if you get such a puncture; instead drive slowly to the nearest garage, while contacting the Gauteng Traffic Police.
  • If you are stopped by a traffic officer, demand to see their appointment certificate to verify whether such an officer is employed by the relevant traffic authority.
  • In case the officer fails to produce his or her appointment certificate, take down the registration number of the patrol vehicle and report them to immediately at the nearest police station.
  • If your vehicle has had a complete breakdown on the road, remain in the vehicle with your car doors locked while seeking assistance.
  • Do not allow any person to tow your vehicle without written permission.
  • Should you see that another motorist has been spiked, kindly stop and give the necessary assistance.

HERE ARE THE IDENTIFIED HOTSPOTS IN GAUTENG

Here are the identified hotspots in Gauteng:

  • Witbank: N12 under the Merridale bridge
  • The R562, Olifantsfontein;
  • The R21, between OR Tambo International Airport; 
  • N3, Leondale and Barry Marais;
  • N17, between Rondebult and Heidelberg Road 
  • On the N12 between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom

SPIKING INCIDENT PRONE TO TAKE PLACE ON WEEKENDS AND NIGHTS

“Together with other law enforcement agencies, the EMPD has received several complaints regarding spikes being strategically placed on the roadways in order to rob innocent motorists of their belongings.”

EMPD

DO NOT STOP WHEN YOU HIT A SPIKE OR EXPERIENCE A TYRE PUNCTURE

A pattern shows that these ruthless crimes usually occur on weekends, causing unnecessary accidents and loss of life.

The EMPD advises motorists not to stop when they hit a spike or experience a tyre puncture, especially at night, and should continue to drive slowly to the nearest garage or police station.

“The Department will continue to have high police visibility around the hotspot areas, and those found placing objects to endanger the lives of other motorists will face the full might of the law.”

EMPD

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