As peak hour traffic returns to pre-pandemic levels and load-shedding leaves the roads of greater Sandton dark, motorists are asked to remain vigilant as smash and grab incidents become incessant.
- Sandton CPF has been made aware of frequent smash and grab incidents in peak traffic hours – particularly mornings and evenings.
- Hot spots include along or near Witkoppen Road from Sunninghill to Paulshof.
- Unless in absolute emergencies, do not use mobile phones whilst driving or in traffic.
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According to reports, suspects identify potential victims by looking into vehicles from the pavements, road shoulders, centre islands or between stationary traffic on these road. In many cases, suspects run to a waiting getaway vehicle after robbing victims. In 2021, The Sandton Times reported that the corner of Rivonia and Witkoppen Road had become a hot spot for car hijacking, according to Sandton police.
The following areas have been reported as smash and grab hot spots:
- Bowling Road and Witkoppen Road vicinity, Sunninghill.
- N1 bridge and Rivonia Road, Rivonia – all intersections in vicinity, including Rivonia Road and Witkoppen Road intersection.
- Achter Road and Witkoppen Road, Paulshof. Including the N1 North offramp.
- Witkoppen Road from Cambridge Road intersection to Estelle Road intersection, Paulshof.
Incidents are not only limited to the immediate area around the intersection itself, but have also occurred many meters away in the general vicinity due to traffic build up.
The Sandton CPF has urged all commuters along these routes to be vigilant at all times. Keep all valuable items, including phones, tablets, handbags, laptop bags, jewellery, and other personal effects out of sight. As always, report all incidents or suspicious activity to the South African Police Service (SAPS) on 10111 or 112.
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