Hijacking alert

Grassy Park police have cautioned drivers who work for e-hailing services to avoid certain areas because of an increase in robberies and hijackings.

Station commander Colonel Dawood Liang said Uber and Bolt (formerly Taxify) drivers were being targeted between Perth Road and First and Seventh avenues in Grassy Park.

He said the incidents which had been reported to the station had occurred mostly at night and the way they were carried out suggested the same suspects – one woman and two men between the ages of 20 and 40 – were involved.

The woman would hail a taxi and when the driver arrives the men rob and hijack the driver at gunpoint.

“We will put our focus on crimes that are heavily dependent on
police action and presence and thank the officers for their commitment
and hard work in securing that
those on the wrong side of the law
are apprehended and convicted,” he said.

He appealed to residents to make use of the reward system where residents can be rewarded for reporting criminal activities.

Anyone with information relating to the robbery and hijacking cases can call Grassy Park police station commander Colonel Laing on 082 469 3036 or Captain Ashley Petersen on 079 894 1213 . All information will be treated as highly confidential.