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Cops warn of spate of hijackings

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During December 2018 and early January 2019, vehicles were hijacked in two separate incidents with different modus operandi

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A RECENT spate of hijackings in Kuruman has led to the police issuing a call to motorists to be more vigilant and cautious while driving.

“Police in the John Taolo Gaetsewe cluster are making a clarion call to all motorists in Kuruman, Mothibistad and Batlharos to be vigilant and cautious when driving around these areas,” police spokesperson Captain Olebogeng Tawana said.

Concern

“We have observed with great concern the cases of carjackings that have been reported in the John Taolo Gaetsewe cluster. Unsuspecting motorists are being accosted and robbed of their vehicles in and around Mothibistad, Seoding, Kuruman and Batlharos,” Tawana added.

During December 2018 and early January 2019, vehicles were hijacked in two separate incidents with different modus operandi.

“The suspects will stop vehicles on the pretence of seeking help, with one of their accomplices seemingly injured in a hit and run. Others hitch-hike and in the process assault the driver and drive away with the vehicle,” Tawana said, adding that both vehicles were successfully recovered after the incidents.

One was recovered at a static road block in Kathu, while the other one was found abandoned in Batlharos. The vehicles were handed back to their rightful owners.

All suspects in connection with these two cases were arrested.

“If you are about to arrive or leave home, request a person to open the gate or garage door for you. Drivers should consider not driving around at night, especially when they are under the influence of liquor. When experiencing a breakdown call the police for assistance. Install a tracking device in your vehicle to assist in tracing it in the event that it is stolen or hijacked. Always be aware of your surroundings and be alert for suspicious people and motor vehicles,” Tawana advised.