The key principle is: ‘The longer I am stationary, the more I am at risk’

Be aware of your surroundings when you come to a stop. File image.

Amid the growing crime statistics in South Africa, Seven Arrows Security has picked up a growing trend of opportunistic crimes against stationary vehicles.

“These incidents involve suspects loitering along the road – most often at an intersection.

“Suspects do not discriminate against anyone, young or old, male or female.

“This trend requires attention to the following safety tips,” said Jason Mordecai, the chief operating officer of Seven Arrow Security.

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• Before coming to a stop, take notice of people who are standing at intersections looking at your vehicle.

• Do not be afraid to make eye contact with people loitering on the road – acknowledge that you are aware of their presence.

• Always be aware of your surroundings and take care not to get distracted.

• When stopping off at a driveway, look out for pedestrians near and/or approaching your vehicle. Scanning your surroundings and keeping an eye on your rearview mirror for suspicious individuals is vital.

• Ensure the radio volume is low enough for you to hear sounds in your immediate vicinity. Engineer your stop to be as quick as possible and do not allow yourself to become a target by remaining stationary for too long.

• Be conscious of the fact that your cellphone is a distraction that robs you of your situational awareness – criminals are counting on this.

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