Spiking incidents on the increase again

A number of spiking incidents have again been reported on the R566 Rosslyn road to Brits and the R513.

An example of spikes used on public roads. (Photo: Tshwane Metro Police Department)

Spiking involves putting spikes on roads to puncture tyres, forcing motorists to stop. Once they get out of their vehicles, they are robbed.

A 58-year-old man was shot and killed on the R566 in De Wildt last year while repairing a wheel after driving over spikes in the road, set out by the killers.

The police said these criminals move from one area to another where the roads are quiet. In many cases they are armed.

The following safety tips are to be followed as a precaution when a vehicle has been spiked.
• Never stop your vehicle if you have a puncture after driving over spikes. Instead, drive slowly to the nearest fuel station while contacting police or traffic police.
• If you are stopped by a traffic officer, demand to see their appointment certificate to verify if such an officer is employed by the relevant traffic authority.
• If the officer fails to produce his or her appointment certificate, take down the registration number of the patrol vehicle and report them immediately to the nearest police station.
• If your vehicle has a complete breakdown on the road, remain in the vehicle with your doors locked while seeking assistance.

Motorists are urged to be vigilant and report any suspicious movements on freeways to 011 689 3712 or 011 689 3999, or alternatively, they can contact the police at 0800 10111.