Tips to avoid being hijacked

BEWARE.

IN South Africa, a hijacking occurs roughly every 32 minutes. Over 12 000 vehicles were hijacked in SA between April and December 2016 – 14.9 per cent more in nine months than in the previous financial year.

Here are tips which could save your life:

  • If you sense you are in danger, use the panic button on your tracking device or contact your armed response company.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and look out for anything suspicious.
  • Use a GPS to avoid getting lost and becoming an easy target. Inform someone at your destination about your estimated time of arrival.
  • Limit distractions, such as checking or talking on your cellphone when walking to or from your car.
  • Avoid driving with windows open, keep the doors locked and lock valuables out of sight. Install smash-and-grab window protection if possible.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, make a couple of false turns. If someone is still following you, drive to the nearest police station.
  • Leave enough room between you and the car in front of you to avoid being boxed in.
  • Slow down in such a way that the light is green by the time you reach a traffic light, especially late at night.
  • Always park in a safe, well-lit area.
  • Remember, don’t try to be a hero – your life is worth more than your car.

*Tips provided by Protective Force

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