Safety Awareness in a Vehicle

1. Ensure that your vehicle is in a good condition when you plan to go on a journey

2. Ensure that the fuel tank of your vehicle always has sufficient fuel

3. Always lock your vehicles doors and keep the windows closed

4. Do not leave your vehicle unlocked, even if you think you will be away for only a minute

5. Avoid stopping at remote places

6. Park your vehicle in places that are well lit

7. If a stranger wants to talk to you while in your vehicle, do not open the window wide -only 5 cm is enough to have a discussion

8. If something seems suspicious, do not talk to strangers, rather be rude and drive away

9. Limit your trips at night or at least take someone along with you

10. Vary the route you travel to work and back, if this is possible

11. If approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible or press your hooter to attract attention

12. 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

13. Car jackers may stage a minor accident so they can approach your car

14. 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

15. Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything behind if forced from the car

16. Your life is more valuable than your possessions

17. Do not resist, especially if the thief has a weapon

18. Give up your vehicle with no questions asked and move away

19. A lift club limits the risk of becoming a victim of crime

20. Do not give strangers a lift

21. A gear lock is an affordable and a very effective anti-theft device

22. If possible, put up a mirror against the front wall of your garage to see if someone is following you into the garage; and

23. Do not open your garage doors before your gates are closed.


 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 the 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 – very important

 Be aware of people coming to you and informing you that you have a flat tire; the intention can 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 robots

 Keep the doors locked and windows closed at all times

 Do not use a cellular phone unless you have a hands-free kit – very important

 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 map 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;

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