Police warn of increasing car hijackings: Safety tips

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The police have warned motorist to be vigilant against increasing car hijackings and cautioned motorists to be careful.

In giving safety tips, Captain Sam Tselanyane  of the Brits Cluster Police, said motorists are requested to be vigilant and to report suspicious persons or vehicles at the nearest police stations and to apply the safety tips as a precautionary measure.

He said motorist should never ever pick up or offer a lift to hitchhikers or strangers and should avoid stopping next to the road, except for an emergency. People stopping to relieve themselves have also fall victim of this crime.

“A well-maintained car is less likely to break down and leave the occupants vulnerable. Tires should be checked regularly and motoriest should plan their route and let someone know what your route is and when to expect you at your destination.

“Always check the rear view mirror to see if you are being followed and avoid distractions while driving such as using a cell phone”.

Captain Tselanyane said if motorist suspect that they are being followed, they should drive to the nearest police station or a busy public area and when approaching a red traffic light, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green especially during the night.

“If possible, park in a central, well-lit place, preferably with guards on duty. When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front so you can make an emergency escape if necessary.

Avoid driving through unfamiliar areas late at night or early hours of the morning when the roads are quiet, if possible, never drive alone.

Never follow routine routes when driving, change routes on a regular basis.

If possible, avoid driving in the dark. hijackers may stage a minor accident, for example, If your vehicle is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual involved in the situation, indicate that they must follow you and drive to the nearest police station or any busy public area for help.

“We have also noted with concern that some motorists especially in the Brits Cluster, are defeating and obstructing the ends of justice by pointing wrong places than the actual crime scenes occured,” Captain Tselanyana said.