[FOLLOW UP]: What to do when an unmarked vehicle pulls you over

Police advise drivers who are pulled over by an unmarked vehicle and those who feel too uncomfortable to stop, to put on their hazards, and drive to the nearest petrol station or public place. Photo: File Photo/ Nadine Mare.

A few hours after a victim was hijacked by fake cops in Krugersdorp on Saturday,11 March, the Soweto Police Vehicle Identification and Safeguarding section (VISS) recovered the stolen vehicle. They have since warned other community members not to fall into the same trap.

Read article here: New hijacking trend – motorists beware

The vehicle was found in Soweto at about 6pm. It is believed the vehicle tracking system aided in the recovery. No arrests were made. The canopy of the bakkie, plus the personal belongings of the owner in the vehicle were however stolen.

“We have noticed an increase in this type of crime and don’t want others to fall into the same trap,” said Warrant Officer Van Dyk from VISS.

A case of hijacking has been opened at Krugersdorp Police station and an investigating officer was appointed.

Van Dyk gave the following advice to motorists to avoid being caught with the same scam:

“Motorists who are pulled over by an unmarked vehicle and those who feel too uncomfortable to stop should put on their hazards and drive to the nearest petrol station or public place. Make sure this place has security cameras or CCTV cameras.”

Since the incidents began, the Soweto Police have stopped using unmarked vehicles with blue lights, to ensure people don’t fall into this trap. However, the Krugersdorp Traffic Department still uses unmarked vehicles with blue lights to pull people over.

Sergeant Tshepiso Mashale, spokesperson for Krugersdorp Police, said if drivers suspect criminal activity, they should drive to a safe place where other people are around.

“They can also contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111 to report suspicious activity,” said Mashale.

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  AUTHOR
Bianca Pindral
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