A warning has been circulating on social media about motorbikers being robbed at the William Nicol off-ramp on the N1 North.
The warning states that bikers are being “robbed at red robots by armed men”.
In the most recent incident, a man on a motorbike was confronted by two armed men while waiting at a red traffic light on the William Nicol off-ramp.
“They pointed a firearm at him and robbed him of his belongings,” the warning stated.
The police have confirmed the incident.
“It is alleged that the complainant was stopped at the corner of the N1 North and William Nicol. He was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a pistol. The suspect pointed the firearm at him and took his laptop.
“The two men then fled the scene,” said Gauteng police spokeswoman Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale.
She said at least three motorcyclists had reported being robbed in the area.
“These cases are hijacking, attempted murder and robbery with a firearm.”
Mogale added investigations were continuing.
Earlier this year, the William Nicol and N1 freeway area in Norscot was named a smash-and-grab hotspot.
Purses, handbags, wallets and cellphones are some of the items targeted by robbers and smash-and-grabbers, according to a recent article by Arrive Alive.
Victims are mostly single drivers with belongings on the passenger seat.
“Criminals tend to focus on female drivers, knowing well that they are less likely to chase after them,” the article states.