The City of Ekurhuleni has issued an early warning to motorists to be vigilant at filling stations and drive-through establishments as crime is expected to increase.
SILLY SEASON USHERING IN
The Metro says the festive season also dubbed the ‘silly season’ is upon us and criminals of all kinds are out to catch unsuspecting citizens.
The City of Ekurhuleni warns that many areas have become hot spots for criminality, with fuel stations and drive-through facilities at food outlets surprisingly topping the charts.
“Law enforcement agencies are reporting a spike in robberies of motorists particularly females at fuelling stations, who are more likely to fall victim to crimes when sympathising with criminals disguised as distressed individuals, only to be robbed of their belongings.
“On the other hand, while everyone prefers the convenience that comes with the use of drive-through facilities at their preferred food outlets, law enforcers are cautioning motorists to be vigilant as criminals have recently adopted a new strategy of barricading a targeted victim’s car while on the queue to place their order and rob them of their personal belongings,” the Metro cautioned.
EKURHULENI REMINDS PATRONS ABOUT FOOD OUTLETS LEGALITIES
By law, every private establishment reserves the right of entry and those who enter do so at their own risk, the City of Ekurhuleni reminded the motorists. Furthermore, the City said it is for this reason law enforcers caution motorists to always be aware of their surroundings to avoid being victims of crime.
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DURBAN INSPECTED PRIOR TO BUSY SEASON
Meanwhile, EThekwini Mayor Kaunda conducted site visits in the central business district and along the beachfront to assess the City’s state of readiness for the festive season today, Wednesday, 22 November.
He appealed to officials to ensure that law enforcement officers maintain high visibility at tourism sites as well as at shopping malls and places of entertainment.
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“Roving teams will also be on the ground to keep the City clean. Other service delivery that will be taking place includes the repairing of burst pipes, fixing water leaks and enforcing the Problem Buildings By-law,” he assured.
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