“In these turbulent times your safety and that of your family is paramount, so with that in mind we have compiled some general safety tips for you.”
VEHICLE / TRAVELLING
A) When the lockdown is over or you are a designated service provider and you are out and about in your vehicle, security is divided into two segments, mobile and stationary. There is generally very little risk whilst you are driving, beyond general road safety precautions. The risk however escalates when you are stationary, or drawing / being forced to stop.
A criminal has the luxury of choosing the time, place and method of attack. When this attack happens all you can do is react. This is where situational awareness is crucial, because the sooner you recognize the attack is happening the more distance and vital time you have to react. Distance buys you time. Time buys you options.
Always make sure that you can see the bottom of the tires of the vehicle in front of you, and if possible on a multi lane road, try and not get sandwiched up against the barrier or steep pavement. This will assist in giving you the space and time you need to escape.
Stay off your cell phone, and pay attention to what’s going on around you! There are no better targets for criminals than drivers of vehicles looking down at their mobile devices, totally unaware of their surroundings and any potential threats.
B) Arriving home is a prime area where risk skyrockets. Be on the lookout for the absence of the normal and the presence of the abnormal. Deviations from the norm should cause alarm bells to go off in your head. Dogs not at the gate, strange vehicle parked nearby etc. Whilst you are stationary, waiting for your gate to open you are an easy target. Make sure your situational awareness is fully active during this period. Try not pull into your driveway as you can be easily blocked in, rather pull to the side of the road and wait for your gate to open before driving in. Stop and close the gate immediately. Do not exit the vehicle until you are certain that no one has slipped in behind you. The same procedure applies when arriving at your place of work.
C) The key to security in a vehicle is to become mobile as quickly as possible. As your window is about to break in a “Smash and Grab” or you see Hijackers jumping out of their vehicle, the key is to get out of danger as quickly as possible. Vehicle damage can be easily fixed, people not so much… If you have to ram your way through a blocking vehicle or ramp over pavements to escape, do it!
Be very aware of security risks at service stations. When you are sitting in your vehicle filling up, keep the window closed until you need to communicate with the attendant, and make sure your doors are locked.
It is in critical situations like these where an Armormax vehicle becomes worth its weight in gold! Safe and secure inside your vehicle, the armour will buy you those critical seconds you need to become mobile and escape. We have saved an astounding number of lives in South Africa and around the world in attacks on occupants of vehicles we have armoured.
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