Anti Car-Jacking Tips

Carjacking is the crime of motor vehicle theft from a person who is present. Typically the carjacker is armed, and the driver of the car is forced out of the car at gunpoint. The word is a portmanteau of car and hijacking.

What do Car-Jackers look for?

  • Places where cars naturally have to slow down.
  • Major junctions controlled by traffic lights.
  • Garages, car parks, shopping centres, grocery stores/newsagents, and places where people tend to 'nip' into.
  • Self-service petrol stations and car washes.
  • Cash machines (ATM's).
  • Residential driveways and streets as people get into and out of their cars.

What can you do to stop being robbed?

  • When Getting in To Your Car:

    • Walk with purpose and stay alert, do not look like a victim.
    • Approach your car with the key in hand.
    • Look around and inside the car before getting in.
    • Lock all of the doors immediately upon entering the car, and keep them locked until the end of your journey.
    • Be wary of people who try and speak to you, asking for directions, the time or handing out fliers.
    • Trust your instincts - if something makes you feel uneasy, get into the car quickly, lock the doors, and drive away.
    • If it is late and you are uncomfortable walking to your car, have the mall security escort you to your car. This service is there for the patrons of the mall and it is free of charge.
  • When Out on the road:

    • Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up (at least part-way, if it's hot and you don't have air conditioning), no matter how short the distance or how safe the neighbourhood.
    • When you're coming to a stop, leave enough room to manoeuvre around other cars, especially if you sense trouble and need to get away.
    • Do NOT open the door or roll down the window to talk to anyone.
    • Avoid driving alone. Go with someone whenever possible, especially at night.
    • Don't stop to assist a stranger whose car is broken down. Help instead by using your mobile or driving to the nearest phone and calling the police to help them.
    • If you're bumped by another car, look around before you get out. Make sure there are other cars around, check out the car that's hit you and look who's in it. If the situation makes you uneasy, memorize or write down the car's registration number and description; signal the other car to follow you and drive to the nearest police station or to a busy well-lit area.
    • If you do get out of the car, take your keys, purse or wallet with you and stay alert. If you have written down the other cars registration take that also, if you leave it in the car they will drive off with it!
    • NEVER leave your keys in the ignition when you get out.
  • When Getting out of your Car:

    • Park in well-lit areas near to the kerb or footpath.
    • Look around the cars parked and make a mental note of the type of the car and colour that is beside yours.
    • Make sure your car is locked.
    • Avoid parking near obstructions, woods, large vans or trucks, or anything else that limits your visibility, or near something that somebody can hide behind.
    • Never leave valuables in plain view, even if the car is locked. Put them in the boot or out of sight.
    • Try to park in a lot with an attendant.
    • Carry only the ignition key, with no other identification on it.
    • Even if you're in a hurry, make it a habit to look around before you get out and make note of any suspicious people or cars around.
    • Always stay alert to the surroundings. Have your cell phone ready at all times, but don't be preoccupied on the phone. That is a distraction.

If it happens to you:

  • If someone approaches while you're getting into your car, MOVE! Do NOT stand there and watch him approach you: Control the distance by moving away from him.
  • If someone approaches while you're getting into your car, Throw Your Car Keys!
  • Your car keys go one way, you go another. The criminal now has to choose, you or the car. If he is after your car, then his task is made more difficult because he has to go looking for the keys. If he decides to pursue you, then you know he wasn't really interested in the car after all. This tells you the extent of your danger and what response is warranted. If he pursues you, he is running away from his escape route -- whether that is your car or his friends in another vehicle.
  • If the car-jacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Don't argue. Your life is worth more than a car. Especially if your car is fitted with a tracking device and would be recovered within minutes of the car-jacking.
  • Remember Tracking Devices allow recovery of your car, they cannot bring you back from the dead.
  • Get away from the area as quickly as possible.
  • Try to remember what the carjacker looked like - sex, race, age, hair and eye colour, special features, clothes.
  • Report the incident immediately to RF Solutions (If fitted with one of our Tracking Devices), so that we can take the necessary action to recover your car. Once you have made contact with RF Solutions report the crime immediately to the police.

Getting your car back:

  • The best way to do this and to assist the Police in catching the criminals is to have one of RF Solutions’ Tracking Devices fitted to your car. In relation to the price of a car these are now relatively cheap.
  • The time that you wish you had a tracker most is when you see your car disappearing down the road, with the wrong person at the wheel!
  • Never display a false 'this car is fitted with a tracker' sticker, their trade is stealing cars, they will know it is false.