New hijacking technique hits close to home

A plastic bottle is placed on the tyre, usually the front right tyre, according to a report warning of this creative new trick by thieves. When the would-be victim starts the car, the noise of the bottle being crushed between the tyre and the bodywork of the vehicle draws their attention and the first instinct of many would be to get out of their vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition, to check what the problem might be. This is when the criminals take action...Photo credit: valuablestories.c

SOCIAL media is rife with warnings about new and innovative tactics that criminals are coming up with to scam and rob unsuspecting law abiding citizens, so much so, that sometimes we may be tempted to shrug off these warnings as just another hoax.

When these things start happening closer to home however, we are forced to pay attention and heed these warnings. This is the case in one of the latest hijacking techniques employed by the criminal element, where a plastic bottle is placed on the tyre, usually the front right tyre, according to a report warning of this creative new trick by thieves. When the would-be victim starts the car, the noise of the bottle being crushed between the tyre and the bodywork of the vehicle draws their attention and the first instinct of many would be to get out of their vehicle, leaving the keys in the ignition, to check what the problem might be.

This is when the criminals take action…

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Yolandi Pienaar was doing grocery shopping with her family at a local supermarket on Sunday morning when criminals tried to pull the very same stunt on her. Quick thinking from Mrs Pienaar thwarted the attempt and no one was harmed, but Mrs Pienaar informed the Vryheid Herald and the community of the incident, warning others not to fall for it.

“I had received the warning that was doing the rounds on whatsapp,” stated Mrs Pienaar when we spoke to her, “but no one ever thinks it will happen to them…”

Mrs Pienaar recalls that one of the guards at the supermarket had offered to push the trolley to her car. She declined the offer, but said that he could follow her to the car and take the trolley back as she had parked quite far away.

Her husband was pushing another trolley a little way behind her and their two children. Mrs Pienaar recalls how the ‘good Samaritan’ had asked her if she was alone with her two children. She told him that her husband was not far behind them, placed the groceries and the children in the car, tipped the guard for his assistance and thought nothing further of the conversation.

“When I started to reverse, I heard a strange noise,” recalls Yolandi. “I thought perhaps it was another car, and drove forward, but the noise continued. About a metre further, an empty two litre bottle popped out from my wheel and the noise stopped…”

“I had heard about this new hijacking technique,” she adds. “A plastic bottle being jammed between the car and the tyre. You climb out to check when you hear the noise and then they steal your car. Fortunately, I didn’t stop and climb out of the car. But it did get me wondering why the chap had asked me if I was alone…”

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Elaine Rodway

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