Vision Tactical –
Recent incidents like the hijacking of a Mercedes-Benzat a residential estate in Midrand and an attempted hijacking of a Land Rover in Morningside, places the spotlight on hijackings at access gates – a prevalent trend in South Africa.
Insurer Dialdirect and private security company Vision Tactical urges property owners, managing agents, trustees, tenants, residents and visitors to be vigilant and has compiled some crucial golden rules to follow.
A recent in-depth analysis by the National Hijacking Prevention Academy (NHPA) revealed that hijackers prefer spots where vehicles are moving slowly or stationary – ideally spots where there are easy escape routes. Driveways to business and residential complexes fit this bill perfectly.
“Dialdirect recently noted an alarming 20% increase in hijackings, with as many as 30 000 hijackings having taken place in SA in a single year,” says Bianca de Beer, from Dialdirect. “That moment when you stop to key in a pin at the gate or pause briefly to look for your remote or staff access card, it opens the door for a hijacker to pounce. A couple of seconds is all it takes.”
Security service provider, Vision Tactical, reports that hijackers are stepping up their game:
According to their Communications Manager, Mohamed Ameen Dabhelia: “With life returning back to normal, there are more cars back on the road andhjiackers are definitely seizing the opportunity by pouncing on unsuspecting motorists. In many cases,people are followed from shopping malls – targeted because they are wearing high valued clothing items and jewellery.”
Dialdirect and Vision Tactical strongly stress the fact that complex security is the shared responsibility of all owners, managing agents, staff and tenants and provides the following guidelines to stay safe:
The right system:
The right people:
What to do if you are confronted by a hijacker:
Directly following a hijacking:
“Remember that hijackers don’t keep office hours and that they’ll bring the fight to wherever you are and that following these guidelines could very well make a life and death difference,” De Beer concludes, “In addition, it’s always wise to have comprehensive vehicle insurance in place in case calamity does strike.”