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PROJECT: EXPONENTIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBERS OF AND IN THE VIOLENCE USED IN CASES OF ROAD SPIKING

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There has been an exponential increase in the number of road-spiking incidents and the violence with which they have been executed.


Perpetrators are reckless and operate with unexpected gall. Specialised Security Services warns the public against this crime.


 

See our last 3 projects for the urgency in our warnings:

 

  • The issue of road spiking, particularly in South Africa, is a concerning trend, especially as it often precedes violent crimes such as robberies.

  • Road spiking involves placing sharp objects like nails, rocks, or metal spikes on roads or highways to puncture vehicle tyres, forcing the driver to stop.

  • Once the vehicle is immobilised, criminals approach and rob the occupants.

  • More violent acts, such as hijacking or assault, may also be perpetrated.

  • Recent incidents show robbers brazenly attacking occupants of motor vehicles in broad daylight and seriously injuring the occupants before fleeing.

  • Robbers will not hesitate to drive a victim from the road and into a dangerous situation in order to hijack the vehicle and steal what they want.

  • Any available objects are used to establish the maximum impact and to stop the driver on the road.


These include:

  • Paper bags, boxes and other unexpected items strewn across the highway.

  • Rocks thrown from bridges and metal objects hung strategically from bridges.

  • Ragdolls imitating people lying next to the road.

  • Motorists must be extra vigilant when travelling at night.

  • Because of limited visibility, this is an opportune time for criminals to strike.

  • Owing to the low visibility and high speeds motorists drive on South African highways, it is difficult to distinguish dangerous objects before it is too late.

  • Desolate rural roads create hazardous situations for drivers.

 

WAYS TO REDUCE THE RISK:

  • It is advisable to refrain from driving over any object on the road, including plastic bags.

  • When passing under a bridge, change lanes just before you pass underneath.

  • Reduce speed so that you can increase your chances of spotting obstacles on the road.

  • Note that concrete lintels are sometimes used as obstacles.

  • If you cannot avoid them, slow down and carefully drive over them.

  • If circumstances permit, drive straddling two lanes instead of one.

  • This may help you miss spikes that are being placed in the lane.

  • If another vehicle is present, try to drive at least six seconds behind them.

  • This may help you detect potential dangers that you may otherwise miss.

  • If you see something suspicious ahead, and the highway is quiet enough and it is safe to do so, drive across the island (if possible) and travel in the opposite direction.

  • If you spot an obstacle before you reach it, move into the emergency lane or onto the grass if the highway section allows it.

  • Remember to stick to the speed limit and reduce speed in areas known for spike and rock-throwing incidents.

  • This could give you enough time to spot the object on the road and safely avoid danger.

  • If you drive over a spike or other damaging object, remain calm and avoid stopping if possible.

  • If you hit a spike, reduce your speed to approximately 30-40km/h but continue driving to the nearest place of safety instead of stopping immediately.

  • Do not get out of your car.

  • Instead, drive your car to the nearest police station, even if it means driving on the rims of your tyres.

  • It is critical that you do not panic or engage with the criminals, as this can put your life at risk.

  • If you manage to move past the spikes safely, contact authorities immediately to prevent other motorists from being harmed.

  • Always ensure that your cell phone is fully charged and its live location is always on, especially if you drive alone.

  • Finally, it is important to identify high-risk roads in your area.

  • This information is generally published locally.


 

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