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Centurion criminals are targeting these bakkies

Criminals were targeting mostly Toyota bakkies at off-ramps where it's impossible for drivers to make a U-turn.

Toyota bakkies are increasingly being targeted by criminals for hijacking in Centurion, police warn.

According to police, criminals were targeting Toyota bakkies more than any other bakkie in the area.

Centurion police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller told Pretoria Rekord that criminals were targeting these cars at off-ramps where it was impossible for drivers to make a U-turn.

A lot more Toyota bakkies are being hijacked on the freeways towards off-ramps, another major concern we are faced with at the station is truck hijackings.

Miller said

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Centurion hijacking trend: Freeways off-ramps

He further said as opposed to neighbouring police stations, Centurion didn’t experience hijackings at traffic lights.

Miller said another favourite for hijackings was Ford bakkies even though not as much as Toyota bakkies.

Usually company cars are being targeted by criminals.

Monitor Net security public relations officer JP le Roux confirmed that vehicle theft in Centurion was indeed a concern.

Le Roux, however, said these hijackings were not taking place daily.

What we have picked up as the security sector is that criminals were targeting your Toyota Hilux and Ford vans. Lexus vehicles have also been targeted lately.

Criminals pickpocket motorists’ keys in shops

Le Roux also said criminals were pickpocketing unsuspecting drivers for their car keys while grocery shopping then steal their cars.

He urged residents to be vigilant of their surroundings.

“Most importantly they need to check where they are parking as that also contributes to hijacking,” he said.

High demand for certain parts

Reports have recently surfaced that criminals were targeting the most popular cars due to the high demand for their parts.

It is also stated that hijackings contributed to 54% of vehicle thefts between 5am and noon, and 47% at lunch-time.

Edited by Cornelia le Roux.
This article originally appeared in Pretoria Rekord and was republished with permission. Read the original article

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