Anti-hijacking safety tips

Hijackers allegedly target people who are laid back and relaxed because they are easier targets. File photo.

Owning a car, or simply having access to a vehicle may have its perks, but as regular drivers, there is one thing that strikes terror into our hearts – hijacking.

In some instances, the victims are not harmed and sometimes they’re even luckier to recover their vehicles, but sadly in extreme cases, the incidents result in the loss of innocent lives.

However, all hope is not lost, as drivers can use the following tips compiled by our sister newspaper, Centurion Rekord, to help avoid being hijacked.

1. Most hijackings allegedly occur between 5pm and 8pm as people arrive home from work. Hijackers go for people who are laid back and relaxed because they are easier targets.

2. Hijackers allegedly don’t like it when you park your vehicle in a well-lit environment or unpack your stuff where everyone can see you.

3. People who communicate in advance when they will get home at night are safer than those who do not.

4. Always ensure that your doors are locked and your windows closed. A bonus is having smash-and-grab protection installed. Hijackers will either take the vehicle when you are opening the gate or break your window at an intersection.

5. Hijackers are said to avoid taking vehicles carrying numerous people, because they know their target may not be vulnerable. Avoid driving alone, especially at night.

6. When at an intersection at night, always be observant of what’s going on around you. Hijackers want to strike when you least expect it.

7. Hijackers often follow targets on numerous occasions before they strike. Varying your route makes life difficult for them.

8. Don’t take advice from just anyone at night about your vehicle. This is often a strategy to distract you before you are hijacked.

9. Look confident when driving. Don’t look distracted or lost. People who look like they know where they are going are less likely to be hijacked.

10. Don’t leave enough space for a vehicle to cut in front of your vehicle. Criminals don’t want you to know this one because they are working on cornering you at one point or another.

Do you perhaps have more information pertaining to this story? Email us at [email protected]  (please remember to include your contact details in the email) or phone us on 011 693 3671.

For free daily local news on the West Rand, also visit our sister newspaper websites

Roodepoort Record

Krugersdorp News 

Get It Joburg West Magazine

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  AUTHOR
Tumi Riba
Journalist

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