Be habitually vigilant — it could save your neck

2009-03-05 00:00

Vigilance and a few simple precautions could save you from becoming a victim of crime, police warned yesterday.

Provincial police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker said most carjackings still take place on driveways and that robbers break into homes where doors or windows are left unlocked or open.

“While we are doing everything possible to prevent carjacking and house robberies, we would once again request members of the community to pay attention to their personal security while at home or in their cars.”

He said hijackers plan ahead and know their victims’ routines.

They attack when motorists stop to open gates or garage doors or while they wait for their electronic gates to open up.

“It’s important for motorists to keep their eyes open for anything out of the ordinary, especially strange persons hanging around outside your home.”

He explained that if motorists see strange vehicles or people outside their home, or feel they are being followed, they should drive past and find their nearest police station or another place of safety.

“Always stop a reasonable distance from the car in front of you when stopping at robots.

“This will enable you to make a getaway if you are approached by hijackers,” said Naicker.

He advised homeowners to keep their security gates and even their bathroom windows closed.

It’s a common practice for home owners to leave their bathroom windows open at night and robbers are using these windows to gain entry to homes, even scaling up walls to get to the top-floor windows.

Lastly, try to keep an eye on your neighbour’s property as community vigilance is well known to deter criminals.

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