In Amanzimtoti there are a few important trends that have surfaced with regards to carjacking.
“We appeal to the community to be vigilant and to take note that carjackers are approaching members of the public who sit in their cars in a street, entertaining or chatting with friends,” said Amanzimtoti SAPS communication officer, Captain Charlene van der Spuy.
“This is inclusive of girlfriend or boyfriends visiting each other by sitting for hours chatting in their vehicle.
“We appeal to the public to be careful and to adhere to the following tips provided below.”
10 tips on how to prevent a carjacking:
1. If approached by a stranger while in your vehicle, drive off if possible or use your hooter to attract attention.
2. Lock doors, close windows and do not have bags or briefcases visible in the vehicle. Use the boot for this. Cellphones should also not be visible.
3. When approaching a red traffic light at night, slow down so that you can only reach it when it turns green.
4. Make sure you are not followed. If you suspect you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station or any busy public area.
5. If you encounter obstacles in the road, for example rocks or tyres, do not get out of the car to remove them. Reverse and drive away in the opposite direction.
6. Do not stop to rest or eat on deserted roads.
7. Do not leave your vehicle unattended at a filling station.
8.Do not sit in quiet roads or streets chatting to friends or your girlfriend in your car. Go to a public place or restaurant.
9. When stopped in traffic, keep a safe distance between the vehicles in front of you, so you can pull away easily if necessary.
10. Do not speak on your cellphone while driving and be aware of your surroundings.