Truck drivers and motorists are all cautioned to be aware of hijacking incidences that are happening in the province.
After Police received reports about motorists who were hijacked by hitchhikers in the province. Free State police are once more advising motorists to stop offering lifts to unknown people. This is after police opened cases of hijacking after armed hitchhikers attacked a motorist and left him on the road.
Police are also sending a warning to motorists or truck drivers using the Free State roads about a group of armed males who use private vehicles fitted with blue lights stopping drivers posing as Traffic officials or SAPS members.
The suspects who are heavily armed would stop the driver of the targetted truck and two or three suspects would get out of the vehicle and force the driver off the truck at gunpoint.
The driver will then be put in the suspect’s vehicle blindfolded and robbed of his belongings and money then be taken to a secluded area and left there with his hands and feet tight. The truck’s cargo will be offloaded to the suspect’s truck and left on the road.
Police received incidences from motorists using R82 road between Sasolburg and Koppies, R30 between Welkom and Orkney as well as R59 between Parys and Sasolburg. The N1 stretch between Bloemfontein and Heuningspruit.
Motorists are advised to be aware of such incidences and report any suspicious vehicle by calling Police Emergency number 10111 or Crime Stop Nr 08600 10111 while driving to the nearest safer spot. All SAPS Highway patrol vehicles are marked and members will follow you if you indicate that you don’t feel safe stopping at that spot as directed.
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