There has been a significant increase in the number of reported follow home robberies that have occurred in various areas in Gauteng.

Here are some security tips that could help you to prevent becoming a victim of follow home robberies or hijacking:

  • Do not wear flashy and expensive watches and jewellery.
  • Always check the rear-view mirror to see if you are being followed.
  • Plan your route and let someone know what your route is and when to expect you to arrive at your destination.
  • Don’t talk on your cell phone when you open your vehicle.
  • Have your key ready but not visible and unlock your car when you are close by.
  • Keep all valuables out of sight.
  • Avoid driving with your windows open and keep the doors locked.
  • If you suspect you are being followed, drive to your nearest police station or a busy public area.
  • When approaching a red traffic light, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green.
  • If possible, park in a central well-lit area preferably with guards on duty.
  • When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front so you can make an emergency escape if necessary.
  • Change your routes and your schedule regularly.
  • Make arriving at your destination safer by calling ahead and asking someone to open and close the gate for you.
  • Make sure you have an emergency number on your cell phone, you need to know who you want to phone in an emergency and dial that number immediately.
  • Try to keep as calm as possible and stay focused on driving to a safe place.
  • Slow down. It is harder to follow somebody that is driving slowly but keeps on moving.
  • Turn your radio down so you are fully aware of your surroundings.
  • Put your headlights on bright and put your hazards on, day or night, as you want to attract as much attention as possible and scare away the would-be robbers/hi-jackers.
  • Do not go home as they will know where you live.
  • Head for a busy place if possible, such as a 24-hour garage, hospital or a police station where it is more difficult to follow you in and where there may be surveillance cameras.

24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237

Emergency Numbers  

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