Security Tips

  SAFETY TIPS

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Most burglaries during this season are opportunistic and happen when owners are away shopping, socializing or on holiday. Take a few simple precautions and you will not be sorry.

Remember

  • 1. Shut and lock all doors, even if you’re only going out for a short while.
  • Close and lock all windows; – burglars don’t like to smash glass.
  • Do not “hide” your keys outside your home, nor leave them in an obvious place near doors or windows.
  • Make sure your valuables – including televisions, DVDs/Videos and stereo systems – cannot be seen from through the windows.
  • If possible make your home look occupied even when you’re away by using timers on radios and lights
  • When you buy new items like DVD players or video recorders, don’t advertise by leaving the empty boxes out for everyone to see, destroy them.
  • Hide or lock away all important documents that you do not require during the holiday.
  • Don’t leave car keys near doors or windows or other obvious places.
  • Consider engraving your property; this puts thieves off because it makes it harder to re-sell.
  • Ensure you have an up-to-date list of your valuables and keep copies in a safe place.

Homes with good security are much less likely to be burgled than those without.

• Deadlocks make it harder for burglars to get out with your goods if they got in through a window.

• Install a deadlock on the internal access door between the garage and the house.

• Window locks deter burglars because smashing glass attracts attention and can leave forensic evidence.

• Visible burglar alarms and Security lighting are a great deterrent

• Spy holes and chains on doors let you see who’s there without opening up.

If you will be away on holiday

• Cancel all deliveries to your home.

• Have a neighbor stop by to open and close your window curtains.

• Make sure your neighbors know where they can contact you in an emergency and your expected time of return.

• Invite neighbors to use your driveway and clothesline to make it look like someone is home.

• Lock away any tools and ladders that could be used by a would-be thief to break into to your house.

• Make arrangements for family pets to be looked after.

• Consider inviting a relative or friend to house sit for you.

• Whatever you do, do not leave a message on your door or answering machine that you away.

• Only give out keys to people you trust, and don’t label them with your name and address

While holidaying

  • Do not display large amounts of money in public.
  • If you have to carry cash, keep the larger amounts separate and not in your wallet or purse.
  • Be mindful of pickpockets on crowded matatus, buses and in lifts or market places.
  • Keep money and wallets on a secure part of your person and be suspicious of excessive bumping.
  • When making credit card purchases, obtain your receipt and carbon paper.
  • Do not place shopping bags on the ground and out of touch while paying for other items.
  • Place packages and our shopping in the boot of your car and out of view.

 

 

CARJACKINGS

Carjacking is a felony.Under the law, it is a violent crime. A carjacker is risking a far more severe penalty if caught than a regular car thief.

A person deranged enough to think this is an acceptable risk cannot be expected to start making smart decisions when he has a gun held to your head. Now is not the time to be a hero for you.

Do not argue or resist a carjacker, the odds are you will be shot if you do.

The carjacker has come to the situation ready, willing and able to commit violence.
An effective strategy to “defend your space” under normal circumstances could in this instant get your brains blown out.

Carjackers rarely operate alone.Although you may only have seen the guy who stuck a gun in your face, chances are that there are more of them around. Car thieves in general and carjackers especially tend to operate in groups. Often a driver will stop, let one of the members out of his car and wait until the vehicle has been stolen. They will then follow to a drop-off point, and the thief will rejoin his comrades.

If something goes wrong with the carjacking attempt (i.e., you miraculously defeat the carjacker without getting shot) there is a very good chance that his comrades will open fire on you. And unlike the carjacker, the gunmen will not be close enough for you to defend yourself.

No matter how good you may be, you can’t dodge bullets. This same problem applies to any firearm defense you might muster. You can easily find yourself in a firefight after shooting your primary attacker.

What do you stand to lose?It isn’t just the loss of your car that will be the problem, important documents, mobile phones, cash and/or credit cards are often lost in carjackings.

Carjackers have also been known to sometimes rape their female victims. This exposes the victims to trauma and diseases like HIV/AIDS among other varied STD s.

This is why you must spot the problem developing in order to save both yourself and your vehicle. If you don’t see it coming, the best you can hope for is to save yourself. You can only do that by giving the carjacker what he wants without resistance and escaping with your life.

Carjackers are mostly likely to strike;

i). When you walk to your car in a parking lot or street.
ii). When you momentarily stop (e.g., at a traffic light, entering traffic from a
parking lot or turning, or at your home waiting for the gate to be opened

                            

 

 

How to Avoid Carjacking

Stealing a car by force has captured headlines across the country. Statistically your chances of being a carjacking victim are very slim, and prevention actions can reduce the risk even more.

Tactics for Safety

Carjacking – What is it?
Carjacking is a violent crime that has been on a dramatic increase. It is a crime in which a car is taken from a person by force–at gunpoint or knifepoint, for instance.

Carjacking may occur for many reasons
To flee a crime scene, to feed a drug habit, for gang initiation, of just for kicks.

Carjacking is extremely dangerous for the victim
As carjackers have been known to seriously injure or even kill their victims

Why is Carjacking a Problem?
No one knows for certain, but some explanations include:

It’s a crime of opportunity – a thief searching for the most vulnerable prey.
Sometimes it’s the first step in another crime. For some young people, carjacking may be a rite of passage, a status symbol, or just a thrill. Cars, especially luxury ones, provide quick cash for drug users and other criminals. Sophisticated alarms and improved locking devices make it harder for thieves to steal unoccupied cars. It’s easy to buy, steal, or barter for guns in this country. And a pointed gun makes a powerful threat. More teens and adults commit crimes of violence than ever before. Intense media interest may have created “copycat” carjackers.

Anywhere, Anyone
Most local and state criminal codes don’t define “carjacking.” It’s reported as either auto theft or armed robbery. This means that no solid statistics exist on time, place, and victims. Though carjacking can occur anytime, a sizable share appear to take place during the late night hours. Carjacking isn’t just a problem in large cities – it happens in suburbs, small towns, and rural areas. Carjackers look for opportunity. They don’t choose victims by sex, race, or age.

Golden opportunities: what do carjackers look for?

Intersections controlled by stop lights or signs.
Garages and parking lots for mass transit, shopping malls, and grocery stores.
Self-serve gas stations and car washes.
ATMs (automated teller machines).
Residential driveways and streets as people get into and out of cars.
Highway exit and entry ramps, or anyplace else that drivers slow down or stop.

The “Bump and Rob”
It works like this. A car, usually with a driver and at least one passenger, rear-ends or “bumps” you in traffic. You quickly get out checking the damage and exchanging information. Either the driver or one of the passengers jumps in your car and drives off. 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 rear-ended you and who’s in it. If the situation makes you uneasy, memorize or jot down the car’s tag number and description; signal the other car to follow you.

Drive to the nearest police station or to a busy, well-lighted area. If you do get out of the car, take your keys (and purse or wallet if you have one) with you and stay alert.

Reduce Your Risk

Getting In
Walk with purpose and stay alert.

Approach your car with the key in hand. Look around and inside the car before getting in.
Be wary of people asking for directions or handing out fliers.
Trust your instincts – if something makes you feel uneasy, get into the car quickly, lock the doors, and drive away.

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 neighborhood.
When you’re coming to a stop, leave enough room to maneuver around other cars, especially if you sense trouble and need to get away. Drive in the center lane to make it harder for would-be carjackers to approach the car. 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 driving to the nearest phone and calling police to help.

Getting Out
Park in well-lighted areas, near sidewalks or walkways. Avoid parking near dumpsters, woods, large vans or trucks, or anything else that limits your visibility. Never leave valuables in plain view, even if the car is locked. Put them in the trunk or out of sight. Try to park in a garage with an attendant. Leave only the ignition key, with no identification. Even if you’re rushed, look around before you get out and stay alert to the surroundings.

If It Happens to You…
If the carjacker threatens you with a gun or other weapon, give up your car. Don’t argue. Your life is worth more than a car. Get away from the area as quickly as possible. Try to remember what the carjacker looked like – sex, race, age, hair and eye color, special features, clothes. Report the crime immediately to the police.
Take Action
Work with Neighborhood Watch groups, law enforcement, automobile club, and other concerned groups to get the word out about carjacking prevention. Try a special flier, a community forum, posters. Make sure that driver education classes talk to teens about preventing carjacking and other auto theft.

Call the local radio station and ask the manager to air carjacking prevention tips during commuting hours. Ask your insurance agent or company to put carjacking and other auto theft prevention information in notices and bills. Enlist parking lot owners, shopping mall security, and transit authorities to print and distribute educational materials with carjacking prevention tips. Place carjacking prevention fliers or brochures in the waiting rooms or dealer service departments, auto repair shops and gas stations. Ask your state’s Motor Vehicle Administration to display carjacking and auto theft prevention advice – posters, handouts, etc.- in its offices and distribute prevention tips in all mailings.

Don’t argue. Your life is worth more than a car.

Comments
  1. thomas wachira says:

    good hints and real ones. keep on enlightening us, it goes a long way.

  2. richard kamidi says:

    All those police number if you call no answer, what a shame

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