Carjacking is a robbery in which the item taken over is a motor vehicle. A common crime in many places in the world, carjacking has been the subject of legislative responses, personal cars are now targets of hijacking attempts. It’s important that attempts to carjack are reported to the Police.
- When in your car, always keep the doors locked. Any time you drive through areas containing stoplights, stop signs, or
anything that significantly reduces vehicular speed, keep your windows up.
- Leave ample manoeuvring space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If you are approached by suspicious persons while you are stopped, do not roll down windows; drive away quickly.
- If you are being followed or harassed by another driver, try to find the nearest police station, hotel, or other public facility. Once you find a place of safety, don’t worry about using a legal parking space. Park as close as you can, and
get inside fast.
- If another driver tries to force you to pull over or to cut you off, keep driving and try to get away. Try to note the license number plate of the car and a description of the car and driver. If this effort places you in danger, don’t do it. The information is not as important as your safety.
- If you are being followed, never lead the person back to your home or stop and get out. Drive to the nearest police station, public facility. (You could verify surveillance by going completely around a arbitrarily chosen roundabout or block.) Always report these incidents to the Police.
- If there is an attempt by what is believed to be a unmarked police car to pull you over but you are not comfortable and believe it to be a fake then continue driving to the nearest police station and explain to them on arrival in a more safe location.
- If you are travelling alone and a car “bumps” into you, don’t stop to exchange accident information. Go to the nearest service station or other public place to call the police.
- Never, ever pick up hitchhikers!
- When you park, look for a spot that offers good lighting and is close to a location where there are a lot of people. Lock valuables in the boot, and ensure you have locked all doors.
- Extra precautions are necessary when shopping. If you take purchases out to lock them in your trunk, then plan to return to the shops to do more shopping, it may be a good idea to move your car to an-other section of the car park or street. The criminal knows that you will be coming back and can wait to ambush you. By moving your car, you give the impression you’re leaving. If you think you are being followed, do not go back to your car. Return to the safety of the occupied shopping area or office building and contact the Police.
- When people stop to help, don’t get out of the car unless you know them or it’s the police. Ask the “good Samaritan” to stop at the nearest service station and report your problem.
- If you are in a parking lot or parked on the street and have trouble, be wary of personal assistance from strangers. Go to the nearest telephone and call a repair service or friend for assistance. If you feel threatened by the presence of nearby strangers, lock yourself in your car and blow the horn to attract attention of others. By using these basic safety tips and your own common sense can help you protect yourself.