Points to remember in a hijacking

2017-05-17 06:01

• BE vigilant when pulling out of your driveway or coming home - 68% of all hijackings occur close to home.

• If you suspect you are being followed, slow down at least two to three houses prior to your home to force the vehicle behind you to pass.

• If you have an electric gate, do not pull into your driveway before opening the gate. Rather open your gate while your car is still on the road to allow a quick getaway if necessary.

• Don’t fall for the “tap tap” trap where the driver of another vehicle gently drives into the back of your car in traffic.

What to do if you are hijacked

• The first and golden rule: Don’t antagonise the hijackers. Show them you are not a threat.

• Lift up your arms to show you have no weapon.

• Use your left arm to undo your seat-belt and put your car in neutral.

• Do not turn off your car.

• If you are hijacked while your children are in the car, climb out of the vehicle slowly and tell the hijackers calmly that you need to take your children out. (Remember that the eldest child should always be seated behind the driver and the younger child to the left). Move to the back door directly behind the driver’s door. Place one foot firmly in the car, on the floor behind the driver’s seat, as you lean across to retrieve the youngest child.

• Do not turn your back on the hijackers – your organs are most exposed from the back. - Supplied

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