In recent weeks, three incidents where criminals were targeting people as
they enter their driveways have been reported to ADT Security.
According to the incident reports that ADT has received, most of these
driveway robberies are opportunistic. Criminals seem to be patrolling the
area and taking advantage of a situation they deem an easy target. At
present there does not seem to be a pattern to time of day or
specifically targeted suburbs.
In the first incident the driver of the vehicle was parked in his driveway
waiting for the gate to open when a vehicle stopped behind his car and two
armed suspects held him at gunpoint, demanding he get out of the car.
Fortunately the driver was unharmed and the vehicle later recovered by a
In a second incident, a high-profile resident was held up in Craighall,
Johannesburg while she was waiting for her gate to close. A vehicle
tailgated her in and blocked the gate from closing. The suspects fled the
scene after taking her jewellery. Fortunately she was unharmed during the
In a third incident, a resident in Lukasrand, Pretoria, arrived home where
once again a vehicle tailgated her in, blocked the gate from closing and
three armed suspects demanded the vehicle keys. The suspects took valuables
and left in the vehicle. No one was harmed in the incident.
In light of these incidents it is crucial that residents be alert and report
any suspicious behaviour to ADT or the SAPS immediately.
Below are some
valuable tips to consider:
When arriving home do not turn into your driveway
while waiting for your gate to open. Park next to your entrance in the
road to allow for a quick getaway if necessary.
Shut your gate immediately after you enter and do
not open your garage door until your gate has closed.
If there are cars in the road or behind you, wait
until they pass before opening your gate.
Check your gate closing timer to ensure it doesn’t
take too long before it starts to close.
If you believe you are being followed, drive past
your gate and contact ADT or the SAPS immediately.