Safety tips, awareness on hijacking

HIJACKING is one of the crimes that is showing an increase all over South Africa, according to the SAPS.

A hijacker is focused on doing a job, namely taking the vehicle, and one should not get in the way of that.

Do not resist, argue or fight as this can result in injury or even death.

Remember, your life, and the lives of your loved ones, cannot be replaced.

There are two types of hijackers — professional and amateurs — of which the latter is the most dangerous as they will not hesitate to use violence in order to get what they want.

SAFETY TIPS TO ASSIST IN NOT BECOMING A VICTIM OF HIJACKING

• Change your routine — you have to leave from the same place every morning, but you should change your route from your house to your destination regularly.

Should you, for instance, take a certain route on Monday and you are observed by a hijacker and take the same route on Tuesday, it takes them only one day to determine your route.

Changing your route can give you a 50% chance of not becoming a victim.

• Observe — look far ahead and observe what is happening at intersections.

• Keep moving — hijackers approach either on foot or with a vehicle where they block your car off.

• Do not go right up to an intersection, start slowing down long before.

• Keep doors locked at all times.

• Stop at a safe distance from the car ahead of you to give yourself a chance to get out of the situation.

• Reverse park at shopping centres, as that gives you a chance to get away much faster.

• Do not park in front of your electric gate as you wait for it to open. Where possible park parallel to it, giving you a chance to drive off if a suspicious vehicle parks behind you or tries to block you off.

• Where you think that you are being followed, drive past your house to the nearest police station, petrol station or public area where there is a lot of movement.

— Supplied.

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