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WATCH: Miss South Africa finalists taught anti-hijacking techniques

2018-05-10 08:38

Image: Motorpress

MasterDrive

Late in 2017, MasterDrive shared its hijack management course with the then reigning Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters.

Only a few days after this, she escaped  harm during a hijacking attempt in Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

These same skills have now been shared with the top 12 finalists of Miss SA 2018. 

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The finalists were taught what to do should they find themselves the victim of hijacking in SA.

Eugene Herbert, Managing Director of MasterDrive, said: "Following Demi-Leigh’s experience we were able to partner with her in her Unbreakable campaign where she shared the skills she used to escape her hijackers. This gave us the opportunity to empower even more ladies with the life-saving skills.

"Now each of the 2018 finalists can also take these skills with them as each starts their career. Unfortunately, hijackings are a very real reality in South Africa and being prepared for it is a critical skill which every person needs to have."

Image: Motorpress

Herbert said: "While we will never know how we will react in a traumatic situation until it happens, it is important to have the knowledge of what you should do, in mind."

Approximately 40 people are hijacked in the country every day, reports MasterDrive. With this in mind, Herbert encourages the finalists to share what they learnt with their loved ones: "We wish all the contestants the best of luck for the finals on 27 May as well as in all endeavours that follow this experience." 

Tips to help avoid a hijacking: 
 
1 Have your key ready but not visible. Unlock your car when you're close by. Don’t talk on your cellphone as you walk.  
2 Check the back seat before getting into your car.
3 A well-maintained car is less likely to break down and leave you vulnerable.
4 Plan your route and let someone know what your route is and when to expect you at your destination.
5 Always check the rear view mirror to see if you are being followed. 
6 Avoid driving with your windows open and keep the doors locked. Put all valuables out of sight. 
7 Avoid distractions while driving such as using a cellphone.
8 If you suspect you are being followed, drive to your nearest police station or a busy public area.
9 When approaching a red traffic light, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green.
10 Make sure your driveway is well lit and clear of shrubbery. 
11 If possible, park in a central, well-lit place, preferably with guards on duty. 
12 When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front so you can make an emergency escape if necessary.
13 Change your routes and your schedule if possible on a regular basis. 
14 Make arriving at your destination safer by calling ahead and asking someone to open and close your gate for you.

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