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Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
CRIME ALERT: Attempted hijacking in Duxberry 

CRIME ALERT: Attempted hijacking in Duxberry 

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IN BRIEF: Attempted hijacking in Duxberry, follow-homes on the increase in surrounding areas

Attempted hijacking in Duxberry 

(Saturday, 18 August) – An attempted hijacking took place in Duxberry, a suburb renowned as being one of Joburg’s elusive crime-free zones. Thomas, a 24/7 security guard stationed at Flamboyant Avenue in Duxberry, became suspicious of a white Hyundai i30 that had entered the suburb. He immediately alerted the patrol vehicle, who found the Hyundai on Acacia Rd where it was attempting to hijack a vehicle. A chase ensued, during which the Hyundai managed to escape. Recent reports indicate that the Hyundai is a stolen vehicle.

MANY THANKS to Thomas for being so alert and on-the-ball! He, together with the patrol vehicle, managed to protect our residents from a traumatic and dangerous situation!

Follow homes on the increase in surrounding areas

Follow homes are RIFE in and around Morningside, Bryanston and Parkmore at the moment. And while it is completely understandable that we are often tired and distracted when we are en route home, we seriously need to UP OUR GAME.

See below for reports from local residents who have reported armed robberies and attempted hijackings after having being followed from a shopping centre.

1. Morningside

(Wednesday 22 August, 3pm) – The Rolex Gang has reportedly followed tourists from OR Tambo to Morningside where they were robbed of a fake watch.

2. 12 Avenue, Parkmore

A local resident has reported a follow home incident earlier this week when he was en route home from the Benmore Shopping Centre via 12th Street in Parkmore. He noticed that he was being followed by both a BMW and white Toyota HiAce who proceeded to box him in when he stopped at a robot in Parkmore. According to the resident, he has since seen the white Toyota HiAce in action on 12th Street outside the BP garage.

3. Pont Road, Bryanston

(Friday 27 July) – A Bryanston family was followed home and robbed of R200,000’s worth of jewellery, a watch, handbag, house keys and groceries after leaving a Bryanston Shopping Centre. On arriving home, their gate was blocked from closing by a black Mini Cooper. Two armed men jumped out the car and demanded that the mother and her two boys open the car doors, before robbing them within the space of three minutes. The family is said to be traumatised and in counselling.


Turn “follow home monitoring” into a GAME for you and your children. Try and “Spot the cars that seem to be going in the same direction as us!” As soon as that vehicle turns in another direction, find another car to monitor. It will teach the whole family to be more aware, without making children feel frightened.

Keep your bags and cellphones in the boot. If you are afraid of missing an important call, get an inexpensive hands-free kit. Being off your cell phone will result in your being more alert and aware. The light from you cell phone screen at night is also HIGHLY visible from the road and makes you an easy target.

Drive PAST your house if you have a vehicle behind you, just to make sure you are not being followed. Do a loop and return to your house when you have no-one behind you.

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