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Gauteng Road Spiking Warning: Stay In Your Vehicle to Avoid Robbery



Road spiking in Gauteng

Road spiking in Gauteng is prompting heightened concerns among motorists. Criminals place spikes on roads to damage vehicle tyres and target drivers, leading to a call for increased police intervention by the Motor Industry Staff Association (Misa).

As per IOL, Misa emphasised the need for more police visibility, especially along major routes and at night, to combat criminal elements’ activities.

According to Sonja Carstens of Misa, unmarked police vehicles, supported by crime intelligence, could effectively monitor roads to deter criminals and protect motorists.

In light of the surge in road spiking incidents, Carstens advised motorists to avoid driving on significant routes at night and, if spiked, to drive as far as possible before safely exiting their vehicles.

Carstens warned against remaining seated in the car if stranded, as criminals are known to rob motorists in such situations.


Also read: Hunt Underway for Criminals Targeting Motorists with Road Spikes on the N4

She highlighted a change in the criminals’ modus operandi, with some now using vehicles to follow motorists who continue driving after hitting spikes, posing a heightened risk of attacks at subsequent stops.

Notable hotspots Misa lists include sections of major highways such as the N4, N1, and R21.

In a recent development, Gauteng police, in collaboration with district detectives and FNB security officials, arrested 11 suspects linked to road spiking incidents, including robberies related to online shopping.

One suspect was fatally shot after allegedly charging at the police with a firearm. The arrested individuals face charges ranging from armed robbery to contraventions of immigration laws and operating illegal establishments.


Authorities are intensifying efforts to address the ongoing threat of road spiking and related criminal activities in the region.

Also read:

Emergency Response Hindered: Ambulance Damaged in N4 Spiking Incident

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