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October 24, 2017

How to deal with vehicle crime in SA: Hijackings, remote-jamming and more…

Hijackings, car theft, smash & grab… Motorists in SA are plagued by many forms of vehicle-related crime.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) crime statistics for 2016, report an increase in so-called “trio crimes”; car-hijackings, house robberies and robberies at non-residential areas. These include car theft and items stolen from vehicles.

Vehicle recovery specialist, Cartrack, has released useful tips and advice to help prevent vehicle crime in SA. Andre Ittmann, CEO of Cartrack, said: “The most important thing to remember if you do become a victim to one of these crimes is that your life is more valuable than your possessions. Focus on what you [...]

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October 12, 2017

Mbalula asks for SANDF’s help to combat crime in Gauteng and Western Cape

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has requested the support of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to help combat crime in the Western Cape and Gauteng‚ the police ministry announced on Monday evening.

“Minister Mbalula notes that in recent past South Africa has been engulfed by an insurgence of extremely violent crime that has made communities feel and be unsafe‚” the ministry said.

It added that levels of violence in recent months involved the use of weapons of war in the commission of serious crimes where even innocent bystanders and children had fallen victim of gang-related violent crimes.

“When I visited the community of Elsies River‚ one [...]

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October 12, 2017

Safety tips for motorists during heavy rains

With heavy rainfall causing chaos on the roads, the South African Police Service has urged motorists to be cautious.

Heavy rains and strong winds have gripped most parts of the country, causing damage in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

Images and videos shared on social media today show cars submerged in flood water on the N2 highway in Durban. There have also been reports of trees being knocked down by high speed winds, while the roofs on several homes and schools have been blown off.

Gauteng experienced similar circumstances on Monday afternoon, especially around Mogale City on the West Rand. Dozens of homes were destroyed, trees uprooted, the roof at [...]

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October 6, 2017

Avoid becoming a hijack victim: 19 tips that could save your life

In South Africa, one hijacking occurs roughly every 32 minutes. Over 12 000 vehicles were hijacked in SA between April and December 2016 – 14,9% more in nine months than in the previous financial year

“We read and share shocking stats like these all too frequently,” says Bianca de Beer, spokesperson for insurance provider Dialdirect.

“There is a wealth of information available online around hijacking hotspots and the latest hijacking tactics. The more you know, the better prepared you will be.”

Here are their tips:

Use a GPS to avoid getting lost and becoming an easy target. Inform someone at your destination about your estimated time of arrival. Always be [...]
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