SAFETY TIPS TO AVOID HIJACKINGS
Before leaving your location:
GET OFF YOUR PHONE while approaching your vehicle. Yes, we all say we can multitask, but can we really?
Take a walk around your vehicle to confirm that there is no one lurking around or in your vehicle before getting into your vehicle.
Ensure your number plates are both on the vehicle and no papers are stuck to the rear or front windows of your vehicle. This is a trend used by suspects to lure you into stopping while your vehicle is running to either retrieve the number plate or remove the papers.
Place all valuable items out of sight either under the seat or in the boot of your vehicle.
Ensure your windows and doors are closed and locked before leaving.
Plan your route before departure.
REMAIN OFF YOUR PHONE UNLESS THERE IS AN EMERGENCY. Not only are you at risk of being involved in an accident while driving and being on your phone, you are also placing your fellow drivers at risk. Not to mention it is illegal. Put your phone on silent or out of reach while driving.
Be vigilant always and report any suspicious behaviour to the SAPS and your Local Security Service Provider.
Leave enough manoeuvring space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.
If your windscreen or tyre is damaged while driving, drive to a well-lit area before stopping to inspect the damage.
Do not stop for anyone that might indicate they need help in deserted or high-risk areas. Contact Law Enforcement, the SAPS or Security Company to assist.
Take a different route daily when leaving home or returning home. Criminals pounce on the fact that we are following the same routine and routes.
Though there is a misconception that only certain makes and models are being stolen or hijacked, if there is a need for a certain make or model vehicle in the vehicle crime market, any vehicle becomes a target.
Lower your music, eliminating distractions and be extra vigilant 1 km from your destination, ensuring that you are not being followed.
Park parallel to your home opening the gate prior to pulling into the driveway. Parking in your driveway while opening your gate might get you boxed in.