A Ballito based security company and police on Friday warned motorists that stopping to help someone on the side of the road may not be a good idea.
Viva Security head JP Viljoen cautioned motorists after a discovering a dummy on Compensation Road that appeared to have been intended to trap unsuspecting motorists.
The dummy was found “strategically placed” near a pavement, with the head not visible.
“We received a call and sent a reaction team out there. The body turned out to be fake.
It was stuffed with socks, dressed in a pink skirt, a vest, sports bra, and ladies stockings. Pieces of material had been stuffed into hair nets to form the hands.
“People are curious so they stop and have a closer look. It could be anything. A prank device used by kids or it could be hijack attempt,” he said.
He posted the discovery on his Facebook page, and it had since been shared almost 1 000 times and received almost 60 000 views. Viljoen said his WhatsApp group had been inundated with messages from motorists.
He had received calls from colleagues in Pretoria stating they had had similar incidents.
“It seems like a lot of work went into putting this together. I would advise people not to take a chance. If you see something that looks like a body or distressed person, drive to a safe area and notify the police. Unfortunately, it could be a major risk if you stop to help.”
Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane advised motorists to take extra precautions and not stop in isolated areas, but rather to call police.
“Sometimes criminals lie on the road pretending as if they area dead and once the motorists stop to assist, the criminals will come and attack them.”
(Viva Security Solutions, photo supplied)
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