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Tips that could help you avoid a car hijacking

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Hijackings are a scary reality in South Africa.

Over 2200 incidents of carjackings were reported from April 2016 to March 2017 in the Western Cape, according to Wheels24.In Gauteng that number sits at 8610.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel André Traut says vehicle hijackings are a priority crime in the Western Cape.Traut advises that Nyanga, Khayelitsha, Mfuleni and Delft are the four areas with highest number of reported hijackings in the province.

He explains that hijackings are often perpetrated close to the victim’s home.Dialdirect Insurance suggests that motorists and passengers should always be vigilant of their surroundings.Dialdirect head Warwick Scott-Rodger says the insurer supports a free app called Namola, which acts as a panic button on your phone and links a 24/7 response call centre with your GPS coordinates.

Here’s some advice on other precautions you should take:

  • don’t enter your driveway if you see suspicious activity on your street
  • be alert before opening the gate on your property
  • ensure that your gate closes automatically or at a high speed
  • contact the police if anything suspicious happens in your area
  • know your surroundings, be vigilant and look out for strange vehicles or people
  • do not disembark from the vehicle if you feel targeted in a road incident, signal to the motorist and drive to the nearest police station
  • be careful about exposing your valuables at airports, shopping centres, petrol stations and traffic lights
  • give yourself enough following distance between vehicles in front of and behind you

Don’t underestimate that you could be watched. Focus on what’s around you. Be overcautious.

 

Taken from 702

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