- Always travel with your car doors locked and windows closed. If windows have to be open, make sure the opening is not big enough to fit a hand through. Keep any valuables out of sight.
- Leave enough room between your car and the one in front to avoid being ‘boxed in’, giving you space to escape if necessary.
- When driving, always be aware of the cars travelling behind or in front of you. If you think you are being followed, drive directly to the nearest police station or contact your private security company to escort you home.
- When approaching a red traffic light, try to slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green.
- Be aware of anyone who approaches your car when stopped at traffic lights, stop streets, your driveway, etc. Do not allow yourself to be distracted.
- Never pick up hitchhikers or unknown passengers.
- Try to vary your route to work or back home.
- When arriving at your home, don’t pull into your driveway while you wait for the gate to open, rather stop in the road. If you park in your driveway, criminals can pull up behind you, trapping you in. This is, unquestionably, the leading modus operandi for hijackers in South Africa.
- If you have to get out your car to open your gate, switch off the vehicle, take the key out the ignition and close the door.
- Ensure that your driveway is well lit and clear of any bushes in which criminals could hide. Palisade fencing is ideal.
- Always park your car in well-lit areas. When approaching your vehicle, have your keys ready but not visible. If you notice any suspicious activity, walk away from your car to a safe area.
- Inform colleagues or loved ones of your movements so that people will know when to expect you.
- Be aware of suspicious looking people, including women, at robots and intersections. Tracker has arrested several women for hijacking in recent years, either working alone or in gangs with men.
- When entertaining guests at your home do not loiter around on pavements and in driveways saying goodbye as this makes you a ‘soft target’. Hijackers often drive around looking for these types of circumstances.
Please note that the above tips constitute a proposed precautionary guideline and Tracker will not be held responsible for any loss or damage resulting therefrom.