Police officers lauded after arresting carjackers in Umlazi

Cnst BO Kanyile (Umlazi Dog Unit), Sgt SP Mbongwe (EOS OCC Trio Unit) Sgt TD Twala (EOS OCC Trio Unit) Cnst. SA Cele (EOS OCC Trio Unit) Cnst BG Ngcobo (Umlazi Dog Unit) and Sgt S Xaba (EOS OCC Trio Unit).

The EOS Trio Task Team and Umlazi Dog Unit arrested three carjackers, recently.

With the quick response of Tracker and the police officers, they proceeded immediately to ‘E’ Section, Umlazi and affected the arrest of three carjackers while recovering a white Polo VW.

The vehicle had been carjacked in Durban Central. Arresting carjackers is a focus for eThekwini Outer South cluster.

Acting commander of eThekwini Outer South cluster, Brig Vukani Mgobhozi said, “We are addressing carjacking in the eThekwini Outer South cluster and I am pleased to see these arrests today are fruit of good partnerships with tracker and other role players. We are committed to remove carjackers in Umlazi and will continue to arrest carjackers in eThekwini Outer South cluster.”

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Communications officer of Umlazi SAPS, Cpt Carmen Rhynes said, “Police are working hard to eradicate theft of vehicles in the township. From doing crime awareness’s on carjacking and working with partnerships such as tracker, Metro and proper planning, we will prevent and erase carjacking in eThekwini Outer South cluster.”

Ten tips to protect you from a carjacking:

  • If approached by a stranger, while in your vehicle, drive off if possible or use your hooter to attract attention.
  • Lock doors, close windows and do not have bags or briefcases visible in the vehicle. Use the boot for this. Cellphones should also not be visible. Sometimes these hijackings take place for the goods in your car and not the car itself.
  • When approaching a red traffic light at night, slow down so that you can only reach it when it turns green.
  • Make sure you are not followed. If you suspect you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station, or any busy public area.
  • If you encounter obstacles in the road, eg. rocks, tyres, do not get out of the car to remove them. Reverse and drive away in the opposite direction.

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  • Do not stop to rest or eat on deserted roads.
  • Do not leave your vehicle unattended at a filling station.
  • Do not sit in quiet roads or streets chatting to friends or girlfriend in your car.
  • When stopped in traffic, keep a safe distance between the vehicles in front of you, so you can pull away easily if necessary.
  • Do not speak on your cellphone while driving and be aware of your surroundings.

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Nikita Chiniah
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