Park Carefully (We care).
With the hustle and bustle of the Spring season come lots of events, ceremony and shopping. People spring up from their winter blankets and use this time to unite with their families, friends rekindle, even the entire economy gets a boost during this period, people around the world start shopping before the festive season. And car thefts, break ins tend to escalate from Spring until end of festive season.
A report by car tracking company Ctrack suggests that Gauteng is the hotspot for vehicle theft and hijackings. When you are attending wedding or you are parking at the mall be vigilant.
Leave your shopping bags out of sight
Most car thefts and break ins occur in split seconds while you are on errands at the ATM machine, paying for petrol/gas, or dropping by at the grocery store. Do not leave any valuable items such as sunglasses, bags, lap-top or coins on display.
Choose your parking spot carefully
Do not park in hidden areas, park close to your destination, the stairs or elevator. Avoid parking on garage levels that are empty or rarely used. Many cars are vandalized and stolen from a remote and quiet parking lot. Always look for safe areas with plenty of people around. Make sure to focus only on parking and not allow any distractions,
Don’t Be Stingy
Nothing good comes cheap theseday, The reason you pay for parking in town is that you don’t want your car broken into, vandalized or stolen, with your expensive goods.
At the Robots
A smash and grab is popular crime in Gauteng roads. Criminals focus on those areas where they know traffic is often congested and where vehicles will remain stationary for a while.These criminals also often work in pairs where one will pose as a vendor, distracting the attention of the driver while the other party will perform the smash –and-grab from the passenger side.Avoid being a victim, Keep your doors and windows closed.
Always get someone to walk along to your car if you are working late, or after a late night cinema. Don’t linger in the parking lot. When returning to your car, get in, lock the doors, buckle up, and leave. Parking lots are not a good place to unwind, relax, or make phone calls.
By: Khanyisile Mseleni