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What you should know about car hijackers new ‘tap tap’ trap

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Security firm Fidelity Secure Drive has warned of an increase in hijackings in South Africa over the last year, with criminals using increasingly sophisticated methods such as the ‘tap tap’ trap to target motorists.

Wahl Bartmann, chief executive of the Fidelity Services Group, noted that between April 2021 to May 2022 the provinces of Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal recorded the largest proportions of hijacking incidents, with 231 incidents in Gauteng, followed by KZN with 186 reported incidents of hijackings.

The cities of Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg have the highest number of reported incidents per day compared to any region in the country, he said.

He added that Thursdays and Fridays have shown the highest number of reported hijackings, with the highest number of reported incidents tending to take place between 06h00-09h00 and 18h00-24h00 during peak traffic times and where there is reduced visibility.

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The ‘tap tap’ trap 

One of the methods that hijackers are increasingly using to target motorists is the ‘tap tap’ trap. This is where a criminal will deliberately drive into the back of your car in traffic, or ‘taps’ it, with motorists then hijacked when they get out of their car to assess the damage.

Fidelity Secure Drive noted that hijackers often use female drivers as decoys, and advised motorists never to get out of their car on the scene to assess the damage but rather drive to a busy location.

Motorists should signal to the other driver to follow, and if it is not a legitimate accident, they will seldom do so, the group said.

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If you suspect you are being followed, put your indicator on and slow down at least two to three houses prior to your home. If you are being followed, you will force the vehicle behind you to pass and this could cause the criminals to lose interest.

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The group also advised motorists to always make sure they can see the back wheels of the car in front of them when they stop in the traffic. This should provide adequate room to manoeuvre and escape.

What to do if the worst happens

In the unfortunate event that you are hijacked, how do you give your car over in a non-threatening manner?

“The first and golden rule is to not antagonise the hijackers who are probably more scared than you are.  You need to show them you are not a threat.”

  • Lift up your arms to show you have no weapon and will surrender;
  • Use your left arm to undo your seatbelt and put your car in neutral;
  • Do not turn off your car;
  • Get out slowly;
  • Try and angle your body sideways so you are not facing a firearm head-on;
  • Remember to protect your head with your arms;
  • Avoid direct eye contact with the hijackers;
  • Try to take in what they are wearing, the sound of their voices, etc.
  • Most importantly try to remain calm.

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OPC arrests two for stealing machine in Lagos

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Members of the Oodua People’s Congress, on Monday, arrested two men who allegedly stole a vulcanising machine from a store at Mile 12, in the Kosofe Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The Chief Security Officer of the Gani Adams-led faction of the OPC, Rotimi Obayemi, that the suspects confessed to stealing the machine after it was found with them.

He identified the suspects as Sanni Aminu, 30, and Ibrahim Salisu, 29.

Obayemi said, “I was called by the OPC chairman who told me that they had caught two thieves. On arrival, I interrogated the suspects in Hausa because they did not understand English. They both confessed that they broke into a store at Underbridge, Mile 12, and stole the machine.”

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Aminu, who claimed to be a wheelbarrow pusher at the Mile 12 Market, said, “I accompanied my brother last night. I didn’t know that he was going to steal the machine.”

The Lagos State Chairman, OPC, Okanlomo Adeniyi, said the police had been informed of the incident and that the suspects and the stolen machine would be handed over to the authorities.

Okanlomo said, “We have reported the case to the Ikeja division of the police command; they are on their way. We will hand over the suspects and the stolen machine to them when they get here.”

He noted that the case would be monitored to ensure that the machine was returned to its owner.

As of the time of filing this report, attempts to speak to the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, were unsuccessful.

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BREAKING: Kidnap kingpin, Evans, sentenced to 21 years imprisonment

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Kidnap kingpin Chukwudumeme Onwuamadike, also known as Evans, and his co-defendant, Victor Aduba, have been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for kidnapping one Sylvanus Hafia.

The sentence was issued by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday.

Both convicts had been accused of conspiring and kidnapping Sylvanus Ahanonu Hafia at about 5:30 pm on June 23, 2014, at Kara Street, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos.

After succeeding with the abduction, they demanded $2 million as ransome.

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Pleading not guilty, Justice Taiwo proceeded with the sentence on the grounds that it would serve as a deterrent to other aspiring kidnappers.

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Flutterwave accused of data breach, unauthorise access to customer account (Photos)

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An investigative journalist and Twitter lord, David Hundeyin, has again attacked Flutterwave over data breach and unathourised access to his inactive Barter account, a lifestyle payments solution by the company.

This won’t be the first time Hundeyin would be dragging the fintech company. Recall that Freelanews reports how Flutterwave’s CEO was being investigated over allegations of financial misconduct as a result of an exclusive report by the controversial journalist.

In a series of post on his Twitter handle, Hundeyin claimed his account was logged into and threatened the platform of serious consequences if any fraud is perpetrated by impersonating him.

“Hi @theflutterwave. I have sent an email requesting immediate deactivation of my inactive Barter account.

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“Someone has somehow gained access to that account without hacking my email which is impossible without an internal data breach from your end,” he wrote.

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While analysing the break-in, the journalist explained that his username was messed with.

“The person logged into my Barter account which is paired to a Wema Bank account linked to my BVN (which is viewable under the ‘security’ tab), and changed the name on the account.

“I cannot begin to describe the amount of trouble you are in if any fraud is carried out in my name,” he submitted.

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