Why petrol stations have become a hub for criminal activity

According to research compiled by Institute for Security Studies, hijackings in South Africa have increased by 55% in the past four years to at least 40 hijackings daily.

Gauteng is cited as a hot spot for vehicle theft and car hijackings, with almost two out of every three incidents occurring in that province.

Tuesday is recorded as the busiest time for criminals, according to statistics recently released by car tracking company Ctrack.

On Sunday, social cohesion advocate, Yusuf Abramjee posted a video on his Twitter page of a robbery of an alleged Rolex gang at a petrol station in Illovo, Johannesburg.

Watch: A Porsche owner gets robbed at a filling station:

Filling stations have become a hub for criminal activities.

Yusuf Abramjee,

Social cohesion advocate, Yusuf Abramjee suggests petrol stations have a single entrance for entering and exiting the premises.

He adds that technology needs to be used to fight crime at fuel stations, and suggests allocating each petrol attendant a panic button like device, to automatically activate the closure of a boom-gate or spikes. This would close in on the criminals and prevent them from leaving the premises.

We should have spikes at petrol stations. Another thing, criminals are getting smarter and are beginning to target newer cars.

Ndumiso, caller

What Abramjee is suggesting would go against the grain. We advise our staff to hand over the money to the criminals to avoid the risk of fatalities.

Themba, caller

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