​Drivers urged to be vigilant

​Hijacking of vehicles is becoming a frequent act for criminals in the nation’s capital.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent, Ben Turi, confirmed that some reports have been filed at police stations and are being looked into.

“The number of attempted holdups and carjacking has been increasing over the start of the election period and police are dealing with it.”

He said in a recent incident, a foreigner was tailed from the airport by criminals to the outside of Somare Foundation, where he was held up.

Turi reiterates that vehicle owners should be watching out for suspicious vehicles that are either tailing or driving in front of them.

“Simple human instincts should jump in the moment you see something suspicious to avoid being robbed or carjacked in an area where there are less numbers of cars around.”

He adds that police might not always immediately turn up to help so always be on high alert when you are on the road.

“Security and safety is not only a job for the police but everyone’s responsibility.”

He urged the general public to report any incidents of carjacking for police to look into and to be attentive and vigilant, especially during this election period.

Annette Kora