Residents are urged to take note of the following safety tips to reduce your vulnerability when out and about in your vehicle.
How to minimize the risk of a hijacking:
Always be on the lookout for suspicious persons approaching you or your vehicle. This is especially important when in traffic or whilst stopping at a red light.
Use your vehicle’s mirrors to look out for suspects that might be approaching your vehicle.
Avoid waiting in your vehicle when picking someone up. Either get out and lock your car or drive around until they arrive.
What to do if you are confronted by hijackers:
Always remember that your first priority should be your safety and that of your passengers.
Do not challenge hijackers when they attempt to steal your vehicle. Fighting back can put you and your passengers in a very dangerous situation that might cost your life.
Avoid eye contact and do exactly as you are told by the hijacker. As difficult as this may be, it is the best thing to do when faced with such a dangerous situation.
Don’t make any sudden movements or try to reach for valuables such as your purse, wallet or cell phone.
If you have a baby in the back seat you need to inform the hijackers thereof as they might not have noticed it.
It is extremely important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. If something or someone seems out of place, contact the local SAPS or ADT immediately.