Tips to avoid becoming a victim of a hijacking

Douglasdale police give safety tips on how to avoid a hijacking.

Captain Mpho Kgasoane, the Douglasdale police spokesperson, appeals that community members follow the following tips, to avoid being hijacked.

1. Vary the route you travel every day if possible

2. If approached by a stranger while you’re still in your car, drive off or press your hooter to attract attention

3. If there are strangers who loiter around your driveway, rather drive past, if they loiter for a long time, report them to your nearest police station

4. Hijackers may stage a minor accident in order to approach your car

5. If your car is bumped at the back of your car and you don’t feel comfortable with the individuals involved, rather drive to your nearest police station for help

6. Avoid parking your car in an isolated area, where there are no security guards or other cars

7. Do not leave your firearm in the glove compartment or anywhere in the car when it has been parked. This is against the law

8. Make sure your car doors and windows are properly locked once you have parked your car

9. Put all valuable items in the boot of your car when it is parked or when driving

10. Be aware of people who inform you that you have a flat tyre, it can be used as a diversion to rob you

11. Always close your windows when driving in the city centre.

Do you think these tips are able to save your life? Share your thoughts on the Fourways Review Facebook page.

  AUTHOR
Marnelle Greyling
Journalist/Reporter

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