BE AWARE! Motorists have been asked to drive carefully because criminals are placing objects on road surfaces. Image: Shutterstock
CAPE TOWN, Western Cape - The city's mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smit, warned drivers to be alert when driving in misty weather after road users in the Western Cape fell prey to a robbery strategy.
Several traffic officers were on their way home, travelling on the N2 in the direction of Somerset West when they noticed a Toyota Tazz near the R300 off-ramp with its hazard lights on. Officers spotted three men running towards the vehicle and, as they stopped to investigate, they heard screams coming from the vehicle.
The officers gave chase but the men disappeared between nearby structures, reports Smit.
OBSTACLES IN ROAD
Officers returned to help a female driver, who reported that she had been assaulted and robbed of her handbag and cellphone. Police changed her car's flat tyre.
The officers found three other vehicles nearby - all with flat tyres – and also helped drivers move concrete blocks from the road, thought to have been placed there by the three men.
Smit said: "It's clear that the criminals responsible took advantage of the misty weather conditions we’ve been experiencing in recent days. Most drivers would struggle to see an obstacle placed in the road at night, but with the cover of mist it becomes even more difficult. I appeal to motorists to please be extra careful when driving at night."
He said criminals would continue to target motorists for as long as they think they can get away with it.