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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.

FILE: The official list of the top smash and grab spots has been released. Picture: Youtube.

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."

Last month, the City of Johannesburg identified 10 intersections where smash-and-grab incidents had increased in recent months.

The city also announced that new marked and unmarked Metro Police vehicles had been bought for use by officers deployed to the hotspots.