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Here are the top four hijacking hotspots in Tshwane

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Tshwane has several hijacking hotspots, so let’s look at the top four hijacking hotspots recently identified.

The latest crime stats released by the South African Police Service (SAPS) show that 3 010 cars were hijacked in Gauteng between October 2023 and December 2023. 

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In its quarterly reports on crime stats, SAPS also attaches a list of the top 30 stations for carjacking reports in South Africa. Tshwane District took four of the spots. 

Most  of the hijackings happened in these areas: 

Hotspots:                                      Number of vehicles hijacked between October 2023 and December 2023: 

Loate Tshwane District                  67

Mamelodi East                              60

Olievenhoutbosch                        53

Pretoria West                               49

The Tshwane Metro Police Department (TMPD) previously identified the following hijacking hotspots around Pretoria:

• All traffic lights along Roger Dyson/Eeufees Road

• Atterbury Road off-ramp from the N1 in Menlyn

• Lynnwood Road off-ramp from the N1

• John Vorster Drive off-ramp from the N1 in Lyttelton

• Jean Avenue off-ramp from the R28 in Centurion

• Rigel Avenue off-ramp from the N1 in Erasmuskloof

• Corner of University Road and Lynnwood Road in Hatfield

• Traffic lights along Walker Street in Sunnyside

• The intersection of Lynnwood Road and Hans Strijdom Drive in Garsfontein

• The traffic lights along Nelson Mandela Drive in Sunnyside

• The traffic lights along Simon Vermooten Road in Silverton

• Along Beyers Naude Drive

• Paul Kruger Street in Wonderboompoort

• Nelson Mandela Drive, Duncan Street and Walker Street in Sunnyside

• The R55 in Erasmia

• E’skia Mphahlele Drive near Marabastad

• Burnett Street, Hilda Street and the Atterbury Road off-ramp in the Brooklyn area

• Delfi Avenue and Garsfontein Road in Garsfontein.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind when driving near the hotspots: 

  • Always try to remain calm and do not show any signs of aggression. 
  • Do not threaten or challenge the culprit. 
  • Keep your hands still and where the hijacker can see them to assure him of your passive intent.
  • Do not attempt any form of evasive or counter-action unless you are suitably qualified to do so and you are sure it would be in your own good interest and that of your passengers. 
  • Be observant without being conspicuous about it and remember what is seen and done. 
  • You must be able to describe your attackers as accurately as possible, e.g. their faces, speech, body, build, sex, body movement, clothing and direction in which they left the scene.
  • Time and place of incident. 
  • Description of area where the incident took place. 
  • Description of the get-away vehicle, if any, i.e., registration number, make, model, colour, and any distinguishable markings of the vehicle.

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