The SAPD warn motorists to remain vigilant around those who seem to be offering help by letting you know your tire is flat. Criminals have started notifying drivers that their tire is flat, and when they get out of the car to inspect the tire, the criminals rob them of their possessions.
This trend specifically targets motorists in and around parking lots, specifically at shoping centres, schools and on the streets.
Spokesperson for Johannesburg Central Police Station, Captain Xoli Mbele offers these tips to help stay safe.
- If someone shows you that your tyre is flat, don’t stop there to inspect your tyre. Drive to the nearest filling station or to the nearest police station where it will be safe for you to inspect your tyre
- Remember you may be their potential target
- When driving around Johannesburg central, ensure that your windows are slightly open or closed
- Always be on the alert when approaching intersections and red traffic lights; most suspects are roaming around those places
- Your doors must be locked at all times
- Ensure that your valuables, such as handbags, wallets, laptops and iPads are placed in the boot of your car
- Never display your valuables on the car seat.