Smash and grab safety tips

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Pretoria motorists need to be more alert when driving around and avoid becoming victims of hijackings and vehicle theft.

Smash and grab criminals will target valuables that can be sold, such as purses, handbags and wallets, briefcases and backpacks, cellphones, MP3 players and tablets, loose change and CDs.

Also read: Why criminals outsmart motorists in smash and grabs

Rekord and the South African Police Service (SAPS) offer the following tips to evade smash and grabs:

– Avoid stopping in remote places.

– Always lock your vehicle doors and keep the windows closed.

– Do not open your windows for hawkers along the road or at traffic lights.

– Park your vehicle in well-lit areas at night.

– If a stranger wants to talk to you while you are in your vehicle, do not open the window too far. Rather open the window 5cm, enough to have a discussion.

– If something looks suspicious, do not talk to strangers, rather drive away.

– Limit your trips at night or let someone drive with you.

– If you are approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible or sound your hooter to attract attention.

– If strangers loiter near or at your driveway, rather drive past. If they loiter for a long time, report it to your nearest police station.

– Be aware that car hijackers may stage a minor accident in order to approach your car.

– Avoid parking your vehicle where there are no security guardscars.

– Do not leave your firearm in the motor vehicle’s glove compartment or anywhere in the vehicle when you park (this is against the law).

– Valuable items like a laptop and camera should be put in the boot of your car.

– Be aware of people approaching you about a flat tyre; the intention can be to steal items they see inside the car or hijack your car.

– Do not use a cellphone while driving unless you have a hands-free kit.

– Do not leave your handbag/briefcase or any goods visible in the car.

– Do not leave your keys in the ignition when you’re not present or not attending to your vehicle.

– Have your keys ready in your hand as you approach your car, especially if they are difficult to find in your handbag.

– Remove detachable radios and the radio’s face when getting out of the car.

– Fit your car with anti smash and grab windows.

– Always be vigilant of your surroundings.

Also read: Hijackings a problem in Centurion

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