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Saftey Tips

Prevention of Auto Theft ...

What attracts a car thief?

  • Leaving your car unlocked or the windows open.
  • Leaving the keys in your car.
  • Leaving your car unattended.
  • Parking in poorly lit areas.
  • Leaving valuables and packages visible.
  • Cars not protected by an alarm or anti-theft device.

Awareness In a Vehicle ...

  • Ensure that your vehicle is in good condition when you plan to go on a journey.
  • Ensure that the fuel tank of your vehicle always has sufficient fuel.
  • Always lock your vehicles doors and keep windows closed.
  • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked, even if you think you will be away for only a minute.
  • Avoid stopping at remote places.
  • Park your vehicle in places that are lit well.
  • If
    a stranger wants to talk to you whilst you are in your vehicle, do not
    open the window wide-only 5cm is enough to have discussion.
  • If something seems suspicious, do not talk to strangers, rather be rude and drive away.
  • Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along with you.
  • Vary the route you travel to work and back, if this is possible.
  • If approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible or press your hooter to attract attention.
  • If
    stangers loiter near or at your driveway, rather drive past. If they
    loiter for a long time, report it to your nearest police station.
  • Car jackers may stage a minor accident so they can approach your car.
  • If
    your car is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the
    individual(s) involved in the situation, drive to the nearest police
    station for help.
  • Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything behind if forced from the car.
  • Your life is more valuable than your possesions.
  • Do not resist, especially if the thief has a weapon.
  • Give up your vehicle with no questions asked and move away.
  • A lift club limits the risk of becoming a victim of crime.
  • Do not give strangers a lift.
  • A gear lock is an affordable and very effective anti-theft device.
  • If possible, put up a mirror against the front wall of your garage to see if someone is following you into the garage.
  • Do not open garage doors before your gates are closed.

Awareness When Driving and Parking ...

  • Avoid parking your motor vehicle where there are no security officers guarding other cars.
  • Do
    not leave your firearm in the motor vehicle’s glove compartment
    (cubbyhole) or anywhere in the vehicle when you park the vehicle (this
    is against the law!).
  • Make sure that all doors and windows are properly locked when you park your car.
  • Valuable items like a laptop and camera should be put in the boot of your car.
  • Be
    aware of people coming to you and informing you that you have a flat
    tyre; the intention an be to steal items that they see inside the car or
    rob your car.
  • Always close your windows when driving in the city centre.
  • Do not open your windows for hawkers along the road and at the traffic lights (robots!).
  • Keep doors locked and windows closed at all times.
  • Do not use a cellular phone unless you have a hands-free kit.
  • Lock your valuables in the cars boot before departure.
  • At night. park in well-lit areas.
  • If in doubt about the safety of an area, phone a police station for advice.
  • Practice the same prevention skills you apply in parking lots or garages at home.
  • Become familiar with your route before you start the trip.
  • Get a ap of the route and study it.
  • Store luggage in the cars boot where it is out of sight.
  • Do not leave your goods/valuable items visible in the car.
  • Do not leave your handbag/briefcase visible in the car.
  • Do not leave your keys in the ignition.
  • Always lock the doors and close the windows when getting out of the car.
  • Remove detachable radios and the radio’s face when getting out of the car.
  • Try to fit an alarm and/or anti-theft device in your car.
  • Have your keys ready in your hand as you approach your car, especially if they are difficult to find in your handbag.
  • Parking
    lots with a aprking attendant or supervision/someone patrolling are
    best, otherwise try to park in locations that are well lit and/or well
    populated and not crowded by bushes or buildings where offenders might