How to avoid being hijacked

2017-08-16 06:02

WITH a number of high-profile hijackings having taken place in recent months, it's important to be prepared.

Arrive Alive has issued the following advice to motorists to avoid being hijacked:

• Two kilometres from your house, be extra alert, switch off the car radio and concentrate on your surroundings.

• Remember to stop your vehicle just on the inside of the gate and select reverse while waiting for the gate to close. This creates confusion and may buy you a few seconds for the gate to close.

• Check your driveway and street before you leave or enter your premises. Make sure the driveway is well lit and clear from shrubbery.

• Be aware of unknown pedestrians close to your residential address.

• Get to know your neighbours.

• Be aware of vehicles parked close to your address with occupants inside.

• Be alert if your animals do not greet you at the gate as usual they could have been overpowered.

• Phone home and ask for someone to make sure your driveway is safe and to open and close it for you.

• When returning home after dark, ensure that an outside light is on, or have someone meet you at the gate. Check with your armed response company if they are rendering rendezvous services.

What to do if you are hijacked:

• Do not lose your temper, threaten or challenge the hijacker. Do exactly as told by the hijackers.

• Do not resist, especially if the hijacker has a weapon.

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