MEC: Traffic officials will be deployed to smash-and-grab hotspots
Sizakele Nkosi-Malobanesaid said a plan has been put into place to deal with the matter.
JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane on Friday said that traffic officials would be deployed to several smash-and-grab hotspots around the province.
The official list of the top smash and grab spots was released and the Gordon Road off-ramp in Roodepoort was identified as the number one hot spot.
Pretoria Central Police Station, in the meantime, has had the most incidents reported.
Nkosi-Malobane admitted that she'd been a victim of a smash-and-grab herself and understood the trauma it caused for motorists.
She said a plan had been put into place to deal with the matter.
"We have now deployed plain-clothed policemen in those areas. But also, during peak hours, we'll deploy visible police. We will be, in future, deploying our traffic wardens permanently - not only to deal with smash-and-grab but also to try to assist in terms of traffic control in those areas."
The city also announced that new marked and unmarked Metro Police vehicles had been bought for use by officers deployed to the hotspots.