CAP would like to advise residents, with specific concern, a recent spike in crime patterns in relation to follow homes from shopping centres across Johannesburg.
In order to avoid being a victim of this type of crime, CAP urges all residents to take heed of the below. The follow home process consists of 3 phases.
Phase 1: Sourcing
Phase 2: Following
We believe that a total of four suspects are involved in the follow phase.
A well-dressed “spotter” who blends into the environment, buys a small item, frequents the shopping centre or carries a shopping bag. The spotter is often on a cellphone.
Three other suspects are circulating the parking lot waiting for the target to exit the shopping centre. They are in constant contact with the “spotter”, who travels in this own vehicle which is positioned between the target’s vehicle and the other suspects who are in a high-end strike vehicle.
While following the target home, the spotter vehicle breaks away, leaving the three suspects in the strike vehicle to make contact with the target.
Phase 3: Contact
What preventative action can you take?
Lookout for three or more well-dressed men in a medium to high-end vehicle circling a shopping centre.
Be aware of the people walking around you. Lookout for anyone following you, carrying a shopping bag and on their cellphone.
When driving home or to your end location, be aware of the vehicles around you.
If you feel you are being followed, do not stop or proceed to your home. Call CAP immediately on 0861 227 227.
Make use of CAP’s meet and greet service.