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An off-duty traffic officer was robbed of her patrol vehicle and personal belongings in Eerste River, on Tuesday.

TimesLive reports that the officer was confronted by a group of suspects, after dropping a colleague at home just after midnight. Cape Town Traffic Service spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout said, “They took off and information from the SAPS is that the traffic vehicle was then used to hijack another vehicle.”

Reports suggest that both vehicles were later found close to the military base on Old Faure Road.

Bezuidenhout explains that even though the officer was not physically harmed, she is extremely traumatized. The department will provide her with counseling and support.

According to IOL, “Last September, the SAPS highlighted the “fake traffic cops” method of hijacking cars as their biggest concern, with carjackers also staging “minor accidents” in a bid to get motorists to pull over.”

Anyone with any information regarding the incidents or the suspect can contact the city’s public emergency communications centre on 021 480 7700 or the Police on 10111.