This smash-and-grab video will give you chills!

By admin
20 January 2015

This video which was filmed by the dashboard camera of a nearby vehicle.

Police have warned motorists to be on the look-out when using the Cambridge Street crossing in Paulshof, Johannesburg.

The area has apparently become notorious for smash and grab incidents.

The warning was further enforced after a motorist fell prey to one of the muggers at around 6pm on 15 January.

The incident was filmed by the dashboard camera of a nearby vehicle.

There are ways to protect yourself. Here 1st for Women Insurance's Robyn Farrell gives some tips to help you guard against smash-and-grabs: 

1.      Leave your passenger windows open by about three centimetres to make the glass more flexible, allowing the window to absorb the sudden impact of an attempted smash-and-grab.

2.      It is advisable not to leave any valuables, or anything at all worth stealing, visible on either your passenger or back seat. By doing this you are attracting the attention of potential smash-and-grab thieves. Keep your briefcase or handbag stored in the boot or under your seat.

3.      Street intersections, stop signs or driveways are regarded as smash and grab “hot spots” at any given time.  Always remain on full alert when stationary in your vehicle.

4.      When you approach an intersection, leave a reasonable stopping distance between you and the car in front of you to allow yourself room to manoeuvre and escape any dangerous situation.

5.      Keep your hand close to the hooter when you are at a robot or stop street. When approaching a red traffic light at night, it is better to slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green.

6.      Possibly the best smash-and-grab preventative means is to have polycarb film fitted to your windows. This is tinted so that potential thieves cannot see into your car. The film makes it extremely difficult to shatter your windows and it also reduces glare.  In addition, the film reduces the chance of injury from broken glass.

“In the event of a smash-and-grab attack it is advisable to remain calm and do not show any signs of aggression or threaten or challenge the culprit," Farrel advises. " Items such as handbags and cellphones are replaceable, your life is not!”

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