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Jhb cyclists urged to ride in groups following robberies

A series of incidents have been reported in the Melville area, where people have been robbed of their bikes at gunpoint.

FILE: Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have urged cyclists riding in the Melville area to do so in groups following a series of incidents where people have been robbed of their bikes at gunpoint.

Authorities have identified Rustenburg Road as being a hotspot for the crime, with an increase in patrolling now taking place in the area.

Some of the bikes that have been stolen are worth between R20,000 and R40,000.

Local councillor Bridget Steer says some cases have been opened at the Brixton Police Station.

“They have increased visibility in the area and they’re requesting that when cyclists do ride in the area that they do so in groups.”

Captain Van Emmerikhas urged cyclists not to stop in hidden, secluded spaces if their bicycles have a problem.

“If in groups, cyclists have been urged not to stop when approached by strangers. They should carry on cycling to a crowded area before stopping if something is wrong with their bicycles.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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