11 steps you can take to avoid becoming a carjacking victim
KEEP THESE THINGS IN MIND TO AVOID BECOMING A HIJACK VICTIM:
Park in a secure area, with good lighting and preferably a guard on duty.
Have your keys ready, but out of sight, and only unlock your car when you’re close to it. Many modern cars come with keyless entry which saves you from scrabbling around in your handbag in the dark.
Keep your valuables out of sight, preferably in the boot.
Drive with your windows closed and doors locked.
Stay vigilant. Be aware of your surroundings and watch your mirrors for any suspicious vehicles or pedestrians. Avoid distractions, like checking your phone at the lights, as this leaves you vulnerable.
Don’t remain stationary if you don’t need to. Slow down when approaching a red light at night, so it’s green by the time you reach the intersection.
Keep a safe following distance (approximately one car length) and when stopped by thugs at a light, allow yourself space to maneuver in case you need to make a quick getaway.
If you feel like you’re being followed, drive straight to your nearest police station or a busy, well lit public area.
Change your route regularly to avoid criminals being able to identify your routine.
Let people know in advance what time you’ll be arriving so that someone can open and close the gate for you.
Keep your own driveway well lit and cut back any overgrown shrubs which could obstruct vision of your surroundings.
The following steps could help save your life in a hijack situation:
Remain calm and non-confrontational.
Be compliant and do as the hijackers say.
Hand over your car keys without hesitation.
Appeal to their humanity and ask them to let you go.
Although it’s difficult, try to absorb as much detail as possible (e.g. the age, facial features and physical build of the hijackers).
Get as far away from the hijackers as possible before calling for help.
Report the incident to your local police station and vehicle tracking company.
Seek trauma counselling to help you recover from the ordeal.