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We have seen incidents of hijackings growing daily. People followed from banks. People hijacked as they enter premises, even at petrol stationsg. Sometimes there is loss of life. Here are some tips you could use to avoid hijacking situations:
Approaching and entering a premises:
  • Be extra alert 2km from your stop. Switch off the radio and concentrate on your surroundings. If you have noticed any vehicle behind you, use the techniques you have learned during the hijack prevention & survival course to determine whether you are being followed.
  • Remember to stop your vehicle just on the inside of the gate and select reverse whilst waiting for the gate to close. This creates confusion and may buy you a few seconds for the gate to close completely behind you.
  • Check the street before you leave or enter a premises.
Parking your vehicle:
  • Check rear-view mirror to ensure you are not being followed.
  • When exiting the vehicle, be cautious and aware of surrounding obstructions and shrubbery that may be concealing a hijacker.
  • Never sit in your parked vehicle without being conscious of your surroundings. Sleeping in a stationary vehicle is particularly dangerous.
Whilst entering your vehicle and while driving, the following should be considered:
  • Have your key ready, but not visible.
  • Inspect the outside and inside of the vehicle before unlocking. Check underneath your vehicle for items placed under the wheels. Also make sure nobody is hiding on the passenger side before you enter your vehicle. (As explained during the hijack prevention & survival course)
  • Know your destination and directions to it; and be alert should you get lost.
  • Always drive with your windows closed and doors locked.
  • Make a mental note of any Police Stations in the vicinity.
  • When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front of your vehicle to make an emergency escape if necessary.
  • Avoid driving through high crime or unfamiliar areas.
  • NEVER, EVER pick up hitchhikers or strangers. (VERY IMPORTANT)
  • Never follow routine routes when driving; change on a regular basis.

 

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