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JMPD to increase visibility at crime hotspots

Officers will be deployed to remove street vendors, beggars and windscreen washers.

FILE: A screengrab of a smash-and-grab caught on camera in January 2015. Picture: Youtube.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) aim to be more visible at crime hotspot areas, as authorities try to stop smash-and-grab incidents in the city.

Earlier on Wednesday the City of Johannesburg identified 10 areas where these crimes have increased.

Last month a smash-and-grab incident was captured on camera on Witkoppen road, while a driver waited at a red traffic light.

Officers will now be deployed to various hotspots in marked and unmarked vehicles to remove street vendors, beggars and windscreen washers.

TAKE A LOOK: Smash-and-grab hotspots identified by Eyewitness News with the help of its readers.

JMPD's Chief of Police Zwelibanzi Nyanda said they needed cooperation from motorists.

"We need to work with communities and motorists. We are partnering with other law enforcement agencies. We need to get information, we need to get intelligence and we need to know at which times these criminals are at these places."

Meanwhile a man travelling past the Library Gardens in the Johannesburg CBD told EWN he nearly became a victim to a smash-and-grab on Wednesday afternoon.

"They walked towards my vehicle, one walked to the back left hand side, and the other one came to my driver's side window. Luckily we had our windows slightly open, not fully open, they put the fingers through the windows so that the can pull the window broken. But fortunately we managed to close the windows on their fingers."

WATCH: A smash-and-grab caught on camera.

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