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Truck hijackings a major concern for Gauteng police

Gauteng police say the majority of truck hijackings have taken place on the N3 Highway.

FILE. Crime increased in the province by 0.7 percent from April last year to March this year. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say there's been a significant increase in truck hijackings in the province, which Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says, in most instances involve foreigners colluding with officers.

Crime increased in the province by 0.7 percent from April last year to March this year.

The murder rate has also increased by more than 10 percent.

Gauteng police say the majority of truck hijackings have taken place on the N3 Highway.

After deploying undercover detectives, the hotspot was cleared… but then criminals moved to Midrand.

Police say foreigners have been caught hijacking trucks transporting goods, which are taken to storerooms in townships.

Mothiba says authorities are still working on stopping these criminals.

"In truck hijackings there are cellphones that are involved. Within 48 hours, the consignment is in Lagos, Nigeria."

He says national police are now also working on dealing with truck hijackings.