Prevent a hijacking

By admin
30 May 2014

According to SAPS crime statistics, vehicle hijacking have increased over the past two years with about 28 cars being hijacked per day as recorded in the 2012 – 2013 statistics. The most of these took place between 5pm and 8pm at night, in the victims’ own driveways. So what can you do to keep yourself safe? Here are some tips

According to SAPS crime statistics, vehicle hijacking have increased over the past two years with about 28 cars being hijacked per day as recorded in the 2012 – 2013 statistics. The most of these took place between 5pm and 8pm at night, in the victims’ own driveways.

So what can you do to keep yourself safe? First for Women insurance gives the following tips:

-          Be aware that a common modus operandi for hijackings is for attackers to pretend to be police officers and forcing you to pull over. If you don’t feel safe stopping your vehicle, drive to the nearest police station before you stop.

-          Another modus operandi is to bump into your car, also forcing you to stop. As mentioned above, if you are suspicious of the other car in any way, rather drive to the nearest police station before stopping.

-          Remember you are most vulnerable when you are getting in and out of your car. Avoid idling in your driveway and make sure you enter and leave your driveway as soon as possible.

-          Walk to your car confidently. Have your key ready but not visible. Only unlock your car when you are close by and don’t talk on the phone as you walk.

-           Check the back seat before getting into the car, even if you left it locked.

-          A well-maintained car is less likely to break down - keep your car in good condition. If you do break down, pull over, turn the hazard lights on and call for emergency assistance.

-          Plan your route, drive with a GPS and let someone know what your route is and when to expect you somewhere.

-          Always check the rear view mirror to see if you are being followed. If you suspect you are then drive to your nearest police station or busy public area.

-          Avoid driving with windows open and keep the doors locked. Put all valuables out of sight.  If possible, install a smash-and-grab window film for extra protection.

-          Avoid distractions while driving. Checking Facebook and Twitter in the car is out!

-          When approaching a red traffic light, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green.

-          Make sure your driveway is well lit and clear from shrubbery.

-          If your gate is on a sensor then rather close it with your remote instead of waiting for it to close automatically. This decreases the possibility of someone slipping in after you.

-          Always park in a central, well-lit place, preferably with guards on duty.

-          When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front so you can make an emergency escape if necessary.

-           Change your routes and your schedule if possible on a regular basis.

-          Make it safer to arrive somewhere by phoning ahead asking someone to open and close the gate for you. You can also call your Security Company and request for them to meet you close to home.

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