In a recent alert issued by the Johannesburg North Joint Operations Centre (JHB North JOC), residents of Sandton are urged to exercise extreme caution when traveling along the Marlboro Drive on-ramp to N3 South which has emerged as a crime hotspot.
- The area has been identified as a crime hotspot, particularly for hijackings, which have been occurring with alarming frequency during the early morning hours between 3am and 7am.
- The concerning rise in hijackings along this stretch of road has raised alarm bells within the community and law enforcement alike.
- Commuters and travelers using this route must be vigilant and take necessary precautions to safeguard themselves and their belongings.
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The Modus Operandi employed by the criminals is both brazen and dangerous. As unsuspecting travelers join the N3 South towards the airport, they find themselves ambushed and surrounded by a group of suspects. The criminals use their vehicles to box the victims in, rendering them defenseless against the ensuing robbery and hijacking. Once the assailants have taken possession of the vehicle and its contents, victims are often left stranded and traumatized at the scene.
By staying informed and adopting proactive measures, you can play a significant role in curbing criminal activities in the area. Here are some essential safety tips that motorists and travelers can follow to protect themselves from becoming victims of hijackings:
- Stay Alert: When using the Marlboro Drive on-ramp to the N3 South, remain vigilant at all times. Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of any suspicious vehicles or individuals nearby.
- Travel in Groups: Whenever possible, travel in groups, as criminals are less likely to target vehicles with multiple occupants. This can also be advantageous in the event of an emergency.
- Lock Doors and Keep Windows Up: Keep your vehicle doors locked and windows up while driving, especially in slow-moving traffic or when stopped at traffic lights.
- Avoid Using Electronic Devices: Refrain from using mobile phones or other electronic devices while driving, as this can distract you from your surroundings and make you an easy target.
- Plan Travel Routes: Plan your travel routes in advance and choose well-lit and populated roads, even if they may take slightly longer.
- Report Suspicious Activity: If you notice any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area, report it to the local authorities immediately. Your timely action could prevent a potential crime.
- Be Prepared: Keep emergency numbers saved in your phone and have a plan in place in case of an emergency. Familiarize yourself with nearby police stations and safe locations where you can seek help if needed.
- Inform Friends or Family: Let friends or family know about your travel plans, route, and estimated arrival time, so they can check in on you if necessary.
By implementing these safety measures and fostering a community-wide commitment to crime prevention, residents of Sandton can create a safer environment for everyone. Remember, personal safety is a shared responsibility, and every individual’s contribution matters in the fight against crime.
As law enforcement authorities continue to monitor the criminal activities in the area, there is an appeal to the public to come forward with any information that may aid in apprehending the culprits. By working together, the community can send a strong message that crime will not be tolerated, ultimately leading to a safer and more secure Sandton for all its residents and visitors.
Members of the community can report any criminal activities or any suspicious vehicles in the area to CRIMESTOP 08600-10111 or South African Police Service (SAPS) in Sandton on 011-722-4200.
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