Police are warning motorists traveling to Cape Town International or driving along Borcherds Quarry Road to be cautious after a number of smash-and-grab incidents have taken place in the area over the past two weeks.

Both of the incidents that took place this month were captured on camera with Nyanga police confirming that one 17-year-old suspect was arrested last week in connection with the case as well as being in possession of a dangerous weapon.

“Two other suspects, who are also known for smash and grabs, were also arrested for the possession of dangerous weapons, and they too will be checked to see if they are linked to the recent smash and grabs,” Nyanga police communications officer Captain Ntomboxolo Sitshitshi told IOL.

Robberies in this area are an ongoing issue, the Nyanga Community Policing Forum (CPF) has requested help from the City in the form of extra law enforcement officers but they are yet to assist while the situation is becoming increasingly worse.

The rising crime rate in the area is being attributed to a number of informal settlements in the area and the high influx of people traveling in and out of the area.

Motorists are being urged to be especially aware and cautious in the area especially on Borcherds Quarry Road itself, maitaning a safe following distance and keeping valuables in the boot are just some of the ways to deter criminal action.

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