Driving Home The Message Of Road Safety This Holiday Season

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With schools finished and closed for this quarter and some people off work, the holiday season is officially here and people are embarking on road trips to different parts of the country.

While everyone will be eager to get to various holiday destinations, the focus needs to be on getting there safely so that we can enjoy making unforgettable memories.

By taking safety precautions on the road, motorists can reduce risks and take care of ourselves and loved ones.

Check your car

Get the car serviced with a safety check before your trip so that you know everything is in order, ensuring that all the tyres (including the spare tyre) are in good condition. Additionally, check the wipers, engine reliability and suspension, and avoid overloading the vehicle as this can impact on your ability to control the car on the road.

Speeding

While speed may decrease the amount of time spent on the road, it is not worth the risk. According to the WHO, an increase in average speed is directly related both to the likelihood of a crash occurring and to the severity of the consequences of the crash.

Tolerance

It’s a long journey. You’re tired. These are all ingredients for losing your cool. Plan ahead mentally to be tolerant of slow or rude drivers.

Expect the unexpected

Other drivers are going to take unnecessary risks. Take extra care and be vigilant on blind rises in case an oncoming car is carelessly overtaking at this point in the road. Assume that drivers may not stop at red robots, obey stop signs and give your car space where lane merge.

Avoid distracted driving

Focusing 100% on the road is vital to decrease the risk of a crash. Distractions include eating, talking, adjusting the radio or looking at the navigation system. However, according to the WHO, drivers using mobile phones are approximately four times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers without a cell phone.

Usage impacts on a driver’s reaction time to breaking and responding to traffic signals. It exacerbates veering out of your lane and take focus off the correct following distances. Ironically hands-free phones are not much safer than their hand-held counterparts.

Think safety first

Increase your vehicle’s visibility by keeping the headlights on when travelling during the day.

Keep the 3- to 4-second rule for following distance in good weather conditions. However, add an additional second where conditions hamper visibility such as rain, fog, after sunset or if you are behind a truck or motorcycle.

While the holiday season is a time of much joy, it is also a time where accidents are intensified due to the amount of traffic on the road.

By increasing awareness and committing to safe, proactive driving practices, every motorist can make a difference.

Important Tips To Help You Avoid Being A Smash And Grab Victim In SA

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Smash and grabs are a crime of opportunity, not often planned to a great degree of detail.

In recent months, motorists across Johannesburg have seen a spike in smash and grab incidents, making vulnerable motorists drive in fear, especially during peak hours.

The kind of criminal that fits this demographic is looking for low-risk, rapid returns.

Due to the nature of the criminals and the low returns involved, the same trends that were executed in smash and grabs 10 years ago are still being seen today.

The following components remain a virtual constant:

Time of day – mostly early morning or later evening and/or when traffic is at its busiest.

Busy intersections or choke points (where other people cannot react quickly or follow easily).

One or very few criminals, working together.

Here’s a few tips to help you avoid a smash and grab incident:

Physical barriers

Anything that makes the physical task of breaking the window harder or less possible (such as smash and grab “films” for windows).

Tint your windows dark – if a criminal cannot see items, he cannot target items.

Keep windows closed. An open window is an invitation – where personal items are visible.

Put everything you don’t need for driving away (under the seat, in the boot, etc).

Intellectual barriers

People should think about things like smash-and-grab incidents. This is the best way to prevent it – awareness.

Think about your route – play a “game” and see where you would be able to commit a smash and grab. Then plan to be more vigilant at those spots.

Do not allow yourself to be trapped by the “nothing has ever happened” or “it’s only a short trip” mentalities – crime happens all the time, everywhere.

Personal barriers

When an unsavoury character approaches, the fact that you see him that way should be a warning already.

Look at the movement of pedestrians. If a pedestrian seems to be moving in a pattern (direction, gait, posture, etc) that is not the same as others around him, become alert.

Many people tend to do the “dead stare” when someone comes to their window to ask for money or to sell items. Pretending not to see them is the best way to be distracted.

We all know that the more you act like you’re not looking at someone, the more you are focused on them, in any event. This is when you are at your most vulnerable.

When someone approached you and wants to offer or beg, look directly at them, bring up your hand, palm facing them, and physically say “no, thank you” and then immediately look around at your environment.

If they persist, keep looking around and keep repeating “No”. Press your hooter, if you feel harassed. This is the best way to deter would-be criminals.

Tactical barriers

If you are alone, never park so close to the vehicle in front of you that you have no space to escape or move if you need to.

A good idea is to park in such a position so as to be able to see the bottom of the wheels of the vehicle in front of you. This will place you in a position to have at least some room to move, should anything happen.

If you are traveling alone, keep something like pepper spray close and handy.

If you expect it, you can detect an approach early enough to prevent being a total victim.

If we know how smash-and-grab incidents happen, we should be able to predict, detect, or prevent it.

Be safe!

Johannesburg CBD Volatile After Cops Seize Counterfeit Goods

Police were pelted with rocks and other objects after a raid to seize counterfeit goods in the Johannesburg inner city on Sunday.

Gauteng police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said officers from the SA Police Service (SAPS) and Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) and brand owners were confiscating counterfeit goods at the Madiba Building on corner Jeppe and Von Wielligh streets when they were attacked.

Peters said police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd that grew “rapidly” in number.

“While no law enforcement members sustained injuries‚ an unconfirmed number of police vehicles were damaged and barriers set alight.

“Police will remain on the scene to ensure that no further violence erupts.”

Gauteng police commissioner Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela condemned the incident.

“We cannot allow such lawlessness to go unpunished.”

Vision Tactical units remain on high alert following a volatile few days in the inner city center, all intervention units are mobile and standing off across the city to assist police officials.

– SowetanLive

Vision Tactical Weekend Round – Up

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Over the past weekend, Vision Tactical units were deployed in various areas to ensure the safety and security of all.

With the recent spike of street crime incidents in the North of Johannesburg, Vision Tactical units strategically set out to clamp down on suspected criminals operating in the area of Killarney and surrounds.

On Friday, Vision Tactical units were called to assist ER24 Paramedics responding to an emergency situation in Alexandra, following intense protest action in the area after close to eighty – illegal homes were destroyed by the Red Ants.

Vision Tactical intervention and tracking units assisted Tracker SA in apprehending 8 suspects linked to hijackings and being in possession of illegal firearms on Saturday night.

Fire Ravages Property In Houghton, Leaves Two Injured

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A fire ravaged parts of a property on 11th Ave, Houghton Estate late on Thursday night.

Circumstances surrounding the blaze remain unclear.

Vision Tactical Units and other emergency services responded to the scene immediately, where they secured the area and ensured that all occupants in the property were brought to safety.

Upon assessment, two patients were found to have suffered from smoke inhalation and we’re transported by paramedics on scene to nearby hospitals for further treatment.

Vision Tactical Units and Tracker SA Recover Two Vehicles In Alexandra, Gauteng

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In a joint operation on Wednesday morning, Vision Tactical units together with Tracker SA recovered two stolen vehicles in the notorious informal settlement of Alexandra, Gauteng.

In the first operation, Vision Tactical units and Tracker SA recovered a hijacked Isuzu bakkie that was reported stolen in the North West province.

Following the first successful recovery, Vision Tactical proceeded to a different location where units recovered a Hyundai i20 which was reported stolen Alexandra.

Both vehicles have been taken to the police pound for safekeeping.

No suspects were apprehended in the operation.


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Horrific M1 Crash Claims One Life

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A woman succumbed to her injuries after a horrific crash on the M1 Highway on Tuesday afternoon.

Vision Tactical and other emergency service officials attended to the crash scene.

Upon arrival they found a woman who sustained serious bodily injuries, paramedics attempted to resuscitate the woman but unfortunately, she was declared dead on scene.

Other patients sustained minor injuries and were transported to various hospitals for further treatment.

Armed Suspect Shot Dead In Hillbrow After Failing To Comply With Police

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An armed male was shot dead in Hillbrow on Monday afternoon after shooting live rounds of ammunition in to the air after a funeral.

South African Police Service (SAPS) officials ordered the man to lay his weapon down on the ground, however he refused and started shooting at the officers on duty.

The man was subsequently shot by police officials and declared dead on scene by attending paramedics.

SAPS and other officials are still on scene to monitor the situation as reports of violent attacks of police started to emerge in the area.


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Three Hijacked Vehicles Recovered by Vision Tactical, JMPD, Tracker SA & Other Units

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Vision Tactical units together with the Bad Boyz Security Group, JMPD, Tracker SA and other units recovered three separate vehicles in different parts of Johannesburg on Monday.

Ford Ranger 3.2 Recovered

In the first incident, three suspects were apprehended in Bez Valley for possession of a sought motor vehicle after a business robbery occurred in Kempton Park on Monday morning.

Units received information that a Ford Ranger 3.2 was reportedly stolen in the robbery.

Upon arrival, response team members found the three suspects at the vehicle and an operational plan was executed which led to the premises being raided.

All three suspects were arrested and are detained at the Jeppe police station.

Hyundai i10 Recovered

In the second incident, A Hyundai i10 was recovered in the heart of Alexandra after it was hijacked in Soweto, the victim was reported to have still been inside the vehicle.

The vehicle was pulled over by officers and the suspect was apprehended on the scene.

A case has been opened at the Alex police station where the suspect has also been detained.

The victim was found safe at the Alex police station.

Honda Accord

In the third incident, a cloned Honda Accord was recovered by Vision Tactical Intervention units, JMPD and Tracker SA. The car was spotted on the N12S and pulled off.

All recovered vehicles were booked at SAPS Pound for safe keeping.


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Protecting Yourself Against Hijackings

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Amidst the increase of hijackings in South Africa, it is very important to take note of these crime prevention tips and advice.

When approaching and entering your driveway be extra alert. Switch off the car radio and concentrate on your surroundings.

Remember to stop your vehicle just on the inside of the gate and select reverse whilst waiting for the gate to close. This creates confusion and may buy you a few seconds for the gate to close completely behind you.

Check your driveway and street before you leave or enter your premises.

Make sure your driveway is well lit and clear from shrubbery where perpetrators can hide.

Be aware of vehicles parked close to your address with occupants inside. It might be perpetrators observing the area.

When returning home after dark, ensure that an outside light is on, or have someone meet you at the gate. Check with your armed response company if they are rendering those services.

If at any time you have to open the gate yourself, switch off the vehicle, leave the key in the ignition and close the door. Then open the gate.

Other Situations:

Lock your doors, close your windows and do not have bags or briefcases visible in the vehicle. Use the boot for this. Cell phone should also not be visible.

There are times and days that these items are visible in the vehicle. Try and open the window they might “smash & grab” about 3 cm, so the window can absorb the sudden impact. If you’ve left your stopping distance you may be able to escape.

Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious looking characters or vehicles and do not hesitate to report them to your security company or SAPS.

Night Driving:

If possible, avoid driving in the dark. Hijackers may stage a minor accident, for e.g. If your vehicle is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual involved in the situation, indicate he / she must follow you and drive to the nearest Police Station or any busy public area for help.

Never open your vehicle window or door for any stranger. If a suspicious person is near your unoccupied vehicle, do not approach the vehicle. Walk to the nearest public area and ask for assistance.

If you encounter obstacles in the road, e.g. rocks, tires, do not get out of your vehicle to remove them. Reverse and drive away in the opposite direction.

Information You Should Know:

If your vehicle is hijacked or stolen, promptly report it to the SAPS. Make sure you have the vehicle details: model, colour, vehicle identification and registration numbers available to assist with the recovery of the vehicle.

Remember the direction from which they came and fled, as well as the time and place the incident happened.

Remember to make mental and physical notes immediately after the incident to ensure accurate and detailed information for the police’s investigation.

If Confronted:

Do not lose your temper, threaten or challenge the hijacker.

Do not resist, especially if the hijacker has a weapon. Surrender your vehicle and move away. Try to put as much distance between yourself and the hijacker(s) as speedily as possible.

Do not reach for your purse or valuables. Leave everything in the vehicle.

Try to remain calm at all times and do not show signs of aggression.

Gather As Much Information As Possible Without Posing A Threat.

How many people?

How many firearms and description thereof?

What were the perpetrators wearing (clothing)?

To which direction did they drive off?

Take note of the language they use (the accent).


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