Motorists urged to be more vigilant 

2017-08-15 06:03

DERRICK ZINCUME

POLICE are appealing to residents and motorists in and around the CBD to be extra vigilant and aware that hijackers strike anyone and any time, especially when people sit in their vehicle in the street chatting to friends.

Police spokesperson Captain Carman Rhynes, said police are working hard to eradicate theft of vehicles and carjacking in the area. She explained that the most vulnerable people include couples who sometimes sit in their vehicles for hours chatting.

"We appeal to the public to please be careful as we have realised that there are few important trends that have been noticed with regards to carjacking.

“We encourage motorists that if they are approached by a stranger while in their vehicle, they must just drive off. Alternatively they can hoot to attract the attention of others around them.

"Motorists needs to ensure that they lock doors, close windows and refrain from keeping their valuable belongings somewhere visible in the vehicle,"she said.

Rhynes said motorists must also be vigilant when driving at night.
"When approaching a red traffic light at night, slow down to ensure that they get to it when it turns green. Drivers must also ensure that they are not being followed by unknown vehicles and if they notice they are being followed they must drive to the nearest police station or to place where there is a lot of people.

“Drivers must also be wary of obstacles on the road, such as rocks and tyres. Please avoid stopping and removing them, rather drive away in the opposite direction." She said that motorists need to refrain from stopping on deserted roads to eat or rest and avoid leaving their vehicles vehicle unattended at a filling station.

"Do not sit in quiet roads or streets chatting to friends in your car. Rather go to a public place or restaurant. When stopping in traffic, keep a safe distance between the vehicle in front of you, so you can pull away easily if necessary.
“Do not talk on your cellphone while driving and be aware of your surroundings.

“We need to work with the community to eradicate crime and it starts with each and every one taking safety precautions­ to ensure we don’t create easy opportunities for criminals to take our belongings and to ensure our own safety and those we care about," she added. 

 

 

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