A press release from the Ghana Police Services warns unsuspecting car dealers and Individuals selling cars must take notice of a new modus operandi by car snatchers.
CRIME ALERT- CAR THIEVES REVISE MODUS OPERANDI
1. The general public is to take note that carjackers have adopted new strategy of robbing car dealers and owners.
2. The modus of the criminals is to call on the cell phone number displayed on vehicles
advertised for sale posing as persons interested in buying the car. The carjacker will then negotiate to meet the dealer, preferably in the dealer’s home. When an agreement is
reached, the car dealer will bring a mechanic ostensively to drive the car. They then
persuade the unsuspecting owner to join in the test drive. Along the way, the mechanic
driving the car begins to complain of unusual noise in the vehicle. The owner who is
curious to know the fault is compelled to get down and check on the car. As soon as he
alights, the criminals speed off with the vehicle.
3. Police intelligence has led to the arrest of some of these criminals. However, further
intelligence shows that there are still a number of suspected criminals out there operating
to snatch cars from unsuspecting car owners. Police are therefore entreating car dealers to
take note of this modus to avoid falling victim to these carjackers.
4. The police is also urging car dealers and owners of vehicles “on test” to take precautions
such as agreeing with interested buyers, to allow identifiable mechanics operating from
static locations to test their cars on sale. Also, car dealers may get other trusted persons to
accompany them on test drives with interested buyers.
Source: Ghana Police