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When you are travelling anywhere be it your home to the shop or on vacation, you, your family and your belongings are targets for hijackers.

Even though we cannot control the actions of others, we can control how we handle situations as well as where we travel too.

Here are a few suggestions to keep you, your family and your belongings safe

  • No visible valuables. Don’t leave stuff lying around in sight inside your car. Not when you’re driving, not when you’re parked, and not even when you’re at home. Always keep your valuables out of sight.
  • Take a break from your old routine If you do the same thing and travel the same route every day, try to mix it up, so anyone who has been casing your home, or is following you home, doesn’t get too comfortable about your comings and goings. You’ll also get to know more of the roads around your house, which will make you a prized navigator amongst your mates.
  • Stay alert Don’t get distracted by the radio or the music you are singing along too or even chatting to passengers in your vehicle, be vigilant of your surroundings.
  • Leave a gap When stopping behind another car at a stop street or a red robot, try to keep about a 5 meter distance between your cars. This will give you room to get away if you need to.
  • Stop somewhere safe Criminals might try to trick you into pulling over somewhere unsafe by ‘accidentally’ ramming into the back of your car, or even impersonating police officers. When in doubt, put on your hazards on and drive slowly to the nearest police station. If the cops are legit, they will understand your caution.