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It has become difficult to steal cars with the many anti-theft security devices in use. It is simply easier to steal a car that has someone in it who has the keys and/or the immobilizer on them.

There are lots of things you can do to prevent a hijacking:

Check out the scene. When you walk towards your car, look around you. Check if you’re being followed. If you’re not sure, go past your car, or go into a shop or other establishment. Keep your keys ready in your hand.

Lock up behind you. Once inside the car, lock the doors immediately and start the car. Don’t open windows wide enough to allow a hand to fit through. If you think someone might be following you, don’t go home, but drive to the nearest police station.

Keep to the middle. When approaching an intersection, drive in the centre lane to make it harder for people to approach you. Leave enough space between yourself and the car in front that you can manoeuvre around it.

Check behind you. Monitor all vehicles travelling behind you. There could be more than one vehicle involved and they could be setting a trap for you. If you think you are in danger, attract the attention of other motorists or pedestrians. Use the hooter, flash your lights, put on your emergency lights and shout.

Fender-bender fiasco. If your car has been hit from behind, stay in your car. Once you are sure it’s not a hijacking, get out and inspect the damage. Hijackers often dent a car in order to get the driver out of it.

Stranger danger. If a suspicious person approaches you, especially at night or in a deserted area, drive off quickly from a stop street or intersection, but do pay careful attention to the traffic.

Traffic light terror. Be on the lookout for anyone approaching your car, or lingering at traffic lights, stop streets, parking areas or driveways. Don’t be distracted by vendors or people handing out flyers at intersections.

Samaritans can get robbed. Accident scenes can sometimes be set up as a trap. Don’t stop unless you are convinced it is real. It has happened in the past that ‘injured passengers’ turn out to be hijackers. If you are unsure of what to do, drive to the nearest police station and report the incident.

Coming and going. Ensure that the area around your gate is well-lit. When opening your garage door or gates, don’t leave your car door open and the engine running. Criminals can act much faster than you expect. Many hijackings occur while victims wait for the gate to open. If there are suspicious-looking people hanging around, drive round the block or phone your security company. Don’t take any chances.

Roadblocks for real? If you encounter an unusual or unexpected roadblock, keep your windows closed and doors locked. Ask the police or traffic officer for an identity card. Show them your identity document through the window.

The real thing. If you are being hijacked, try to stay calm, follow instructions, but look scared. The hijacker wants to feel he has power over you. Don’t stare at the hijacker – this could be interpreted as defiance. Don’t argue, or scream, especially if you suspect he may have a weapon. Rather give up your car.

No sudden moves. If you need to reach inside your pocket or bag to get something the hijacker wanted, warn your hijacker beforehand, but make sure that he can see your hands at all times. Answer all questions truthfully and ask the hijacker to repeat something if you do not understand.

Don’t be a cowboy. Do everything to convince the hijacker that you are co-operating. If you annoy a hijacker, he may take out his aggression on either you or your passengers.

Follow instructions. If you are told to get out of the car, wait for the hijacker to open the door or wait until instructed to do so. Open the door slowly with one hand keep the other hand visible. Once outside slowly move away from the car so as not to appear as a threat.

Take note. Make mental notes of the hijacker’s appearance, how many there are of them and any of their physical characteristics that stand out. This could help you later in identifying them.

Child alert. If there is a sleeping child in the backseat, alert the hijackers. Reassure them that the child is not a threat and would make things difficult for them. Wait until instructed to release the child.

Once he’s gone, get away from the area as quickly as possible, and get to a phone to call for help.

Other safety hints

  • Never walk around alone and don’t talk to strangers. Be on the lookout for strange cars or people.
  • Make sure your home is secure, Be sure that you know all the emergency numbers.
  • Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone.
  • Take self-defence lessons
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