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Be cautious at these crime hotspots in the east

Here are a list of crime hotspots ranging from carjackings, armed robberies and theft of motor vehicles the eastern parts of Pretoria.

Silverton police have sent out a warning to motorists to be aware when driving in certain areas, especially if they were considered crime hotspots.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Isaac Mculu said police had noted an increase in crimes including theft out of and of motor vehicles, armed robberies and carjackings.

– Corner Pretoria Road and Fakkel Street, Silverton, corner Pretoria and De Boulevard Street, Silverton, corner Pretoria Road and Buckle Street, corner Pretoria Road and Van Wyk Street, Silverton as well as Pretoria Road and Watermeyer Street, Waltloo testing grounds, Simon Vermooten Road near Samcor Park, Albertus Street, La Montagne, N4 Gateway, corner Bronkhorstpruit Road and Solomon Mahlangu Drive.

Mculu said there were also intersections, bridges, four-way stops and traffic lights to lookout for.

He listed the following hotspots for serious and violent crimes:

– Corner Pretoria Road and Cussonia Avenue in Koedoespoort, corner Cussonia and Meiring Naude, N1 and N4 on-ramps and off-ramps, N4 off-ramp onto Simon Vermooten, N4 in both directions between Rossouw and Bronkhorstpruit when the sun goes down as well as Rossouw and Simon Vermooten in Wilgers.

Hotspots for vehicle-related crimes, common robberies, carjackings, armed robberies and murder are:

– Down Pretoria Road from Medicross past Sammy Marks museum, Dykor Road from Pretoria Road to Stormvoël, Watermeyer Street from the N4 highway until the Waltloo area, Simon Vermooten Road from Lynnwood to Zasm Street in Waltloo, Lynnwood Road from The Grove mall to Solomon Mahlangu Drive as well as Solomon Mahlangu Drive from Lynnwood Road to Mamelodi.

“Silverton police are working hand in hand with security companies and the neighbourhood watches. To prevent such crimes, the police are also patrolling those areas day and night.”

He warned motorists to be vigilant, especially at malls and shopping centres.

“Put all your valuables in the boot and make sure your vehicle is locked by physically checking the doors. If you suspect you are being followed by a vehicle, contact your nearest police station as you drive there.”

In case your car is stolen, Mculu advised motorists to make sure they had a tracker or a cheap cellphone with GPS.

“Get a prepaid SIM card, register a Google account on it, put it on silent so it does not ring and hides it inside your vehicle. Recharge it when you are at home and put it back,” he said.

“Give two or more friends your username and password and they will be able to track your vehicle live when it is stolen.”

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