Police out to nab 'blue light bandits'

Police are out in full force to nab blue light gangs who continue to terrorise motorists in Gauteng.

Police are out in full force.

JOHANNESBURG - Motorists were urged on Wednesday to help police net the blue light gangs operating in Gauteng.

There were several reports in recent months of bogus cops using blue lights in hijackings.

More patrol cars have been put on the highways and police say, they are changing their game plan to catch up with these criminals.

The police's Phumzo Gela said they strike mostly at night and drivers need to take steps to stay safe.

"Our advice is that if a vehicle looks suspicious and is not marked motorists should find the nearest police station or garage.

"In the event that they cannot do that they must get the full details of the vehicle."

Blue light gangs have long been terrorising motorists.

In a basic scenario, a car full of men pull alongside a car and use the blue lights to pull the vehicle over.

Clad in a bullet-proof vests and reflector jackets with the word "POLICE" emblazoned on the front, the bogus cops signal for the driver to exit the car.

The victim is then ordered to accompany the 'cops' to the police station, but is left on the side of the road while the bogus cops make off with the car.