The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police Department (EMPD) is urging motorists to be extra vigilant as criminals are placing spikes or objects on public roads with the intention of robbing unsuspecting drivers.
This criminal activity has recently prompted a warning from the EMPD to all motorists, especially those who drive on the following hotspots: R562, Olifantsfontein; R21, between OR Tambo International Airport; N3, Leondale and Barry Marais; N17, between Rondebult and Heidelberg Road.
According to EMPD spokesperson, Wilfred Kgasago, the Department has received several complaints regarding spikes being strategically placed on the roadways.
“A pattern has been established, showing that these ruthless acts of crime usually happen on weekends and result in unnecessary accidents and loss of life,” he said.
The EMPD is working together with other law enforcement agencies to combat this crime and has increased police visibility around the hotspot areas.
Those found placing objects to endanger the lives of other motorists will face the full might of the law.
Kgasago advises motorists not to stop when they hit a spike or experience a tire puncture, especially at night. Instead, they should continue to drive slowly to the nearest garage or police station.
“We urge motorists to be vigilant, report any suspicious activity to the police, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash or valuables in their vehicles,” he added.
The EMPD is also urging motorists to take precautions, such as keeping their windows closed and doors locked when driving through the hotspot areas.
“We will continue to monitor the situation and work tirelessly to ensure the safety of all road users,” Kgasago said.
“We urge the public to work with us by providing information that will help us in our efforts to combat this crime.”
Motorists are advised to be cautious and alert while driving through the hotspot areas and to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately.
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