Useful tips to keep safe everywhere you travel

Parkview police spokesperson Tintswalo Sibeko aims to raise awareness to motorists about ensuring their safety. Photo: File

Residents are urged by the Parkview police to ensure their security in their vehicles. There are a number of factors drivers need to consider when they are inside or outside their property.

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Parkview police spokesperson, Tintswalo Sibeko, offers the following tips to ensure people’s safety in all matters relating to their vehicles:

  •  Always lock your vehicle doors and keep the windows closed
  •  Avoid stopping at remote places
  • Do not leave your vehicle unlocked even if you think you will be away for one minute
  •  Park your car in well-lit places
  •  If something seems suspicious, do not talk to strangers, rather be rude and drive away
  •  Alternate your route to work and back
  •  Car hijackers may stage a minor accident so they can approach your car
  •  Do not resist especially if the thief has a weapon
  •  Your life is more valuable than possessions
  •  Do not give strangers a lift
  •  If possible, put up a mirror against the front wall of your garage to see if someone is following you into the garage
  •  If strangers loiter near or at your driveway, rather drive past. If they loiter for a long time report it to your nearest police station
  •  Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along with you
  •  Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything behind if forced from the car

Details: Parkview Police Station 011 486 5000.

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