Here are the top four hijacking hotspots in Tshwane

The latest crime stats identified the following top four hijacking hotspots in Tshwane. Here is the list and safety tips to keep in mind.

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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