While “spiking” robberies have been relatively low in some of the major hotspots in Pretoria, motorists were reminded not to let their guard down.
For years, motorists in Pretoria have been complaining about criminals placing spikes or objects on public roads to rob them.
Over months, such incidents have led to some motorists being injured or killed.
Motorists were advised to treat any unusual objects on the road as dangerous – avoid driving over any object you come across.
These include plastics, boxes and food wrappers. Robbers sometimes use them to cover up or disguise sharp objects.
Robbers usually target quiet roads where they can rob motorists of their cash and other belongings.
The following routes have been identified as hotspots:
– The N4 Mpumalanga to Pretoria between Solomon Mahlangu Drive and Watermeyer off-ramp
– The N4 Pretoria to Mpumalanga between Bronkhorstspruit and Balmoral off-ramp.
– The N1 Polokwane N4 Mpumalanga interchange in Pretoria.
– The N4 to Rustenburg between R80 Mabopane Freeway and Brits Plaza tollgate.
– Golden Highway.
– R21 Freeway from OR Tambo International Airport to Pretoria.
What to do when your vehicle has been spiked:
– Never stop your vehicle if you get such a puncture; instead, drive slowly to the nearest garage, while contacting the police, local patrol or CPF.
– 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 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.
– Avoid driving in hotspot areas at night.
– Do not drive over any objects and if you do, do not stop until you reach a safe well-lit area.
– Take note of vehicles that are following you.
Spikers usually operate in groups of two to four people with a getaway vehicle waiting nearby. They are sometimes armed and ready to shoot.
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