Safety

Posted: November 27, 2006 in Informative Pieces

FLAT TYRE IN PARKING LOT
TO THE WOMEN: REMEMBER THIS!
THIS JUST GIVES ME THE CREEPS!
ABOUT A MONTH AGO THERE WAS A WOMAN STANDING BY THE MALL ENTRANCE PASSING OUT FLYERS TO ALL THE WOMEN GOING IN. THE WOMAN HAD WRITTEN THE FLYER HERSELF TO TELL ABOUT AN EXPERIENCE SHE HAD, SO THAT SHE MIGHT WARN OTHER WOMEN.
THE PREVIOUS DAY, THIS WOMAN HAD FINISHED SHOPPING, WENT OUT TO HER CAR AND DISCOVERED THAT SHE HAD A FLAT TYRE. SHE GOT THE JACK OUT OF THE TRUNK AND BEGAN TO CHANGE THE FLAT TIRE.
A NICE MAN DRESSED IN BUSINESS SUIT AND CARRYING A BRIEFCASE WALKED UP TOHER AND SAID, “I NOTICE YOU’RE CHANGING A FLAT TYE. WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO TAKE CARE OF IT FOR YOU?”
THE WOMAN WAS GRATEFUL FOR HIS OFFER AND ACCEPTED HIS HELP. THEY CHATTED AMIABLY WHILE THE MAN CHANGED THE FLAT TYRE, AND THEN PUT IT AND THE JACK IN THE TRUNK, SHUT IT AND DUSTED HIS HANDS OFF.
THE WOMAN THANKED HIM PROFUSELY, AND AS SHE WAS ABOUT TO GET IN HER CAR, THE MAN TOLD HER THAT HE LEFT HIS CAR AROUND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MALL, AND ASKED IF SHE WOULD MIND GIVING HIM A LIFT TO HIS CAR.
SHE WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED AND ASKED HIM WHY HIS CAR WAS ON OTHER SIDE. HE EXPLAINED THAT HE HAD SEEN AN OLD FRIEND IN THE MALL THAT HE HADN’T SEEN FOR SOME TIME AND THEY HAD A BITE TO EAT AND VISITED FOR A WHILE; HE GOT TURNED AROUND IN THE MALL AND LEFT THROUGH THE WRONG EXIT, AND NOW HE WAS RUNNING LATE AND HIS CAR WAS CLEAR AROUND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MALL.
THE WOMAN HATED TO TELL HIM “NO” BECAUSE HE HAD JUST RESCUED HER FROM HAVING TO CHANGE HER FLAT TYRE ALL BY HERSELF, BUT SHE FELT UNEASY.
THEN SHE REMEMBERED SEEING THE MAN PUT HIS BRIEFCASE IN HER TRUNK BEFORE SHUTTING IT AND BEFORE HE ASKED HER FOR A RIDE TO HIS CAR.
SHE TOLD HIM THAT SHE’D BE HAPPY TO DRIVE HIM TO HIS CAR, BUT SHE JUST REMEMBERED ONE LAST THING SHE NEEDED TO BUY. SHE SAID SHE WOULD ONLY BE A FEW MINUTES; HE COULD SIT DOWN IN HER CAR AND WAIT FOR HER; SHE WOULD BE AS QUICK AS SHE COULD.
SHE HURRIED INTO THE MALL, AND TOLD A SECURITY GUARD WHAT HAD HAPPENED; THE GUARD CAME OUT TO HER CAR WITH HER, BUT THE MAN HAD LEFT.
THEY OPENED THE TRUNK, TOOK OUT HIS LOCKED BRIEFCASE AND TOOK IT DOWN TO HE POLICE STATION. THE POLICE OPENED IT (OSTENSIBLY TO LOOK FOR ID SO THEY COULD RETURN IT TO THE MAN). WHAT THEY FOUND WAS ROPE, DUCT TAPE, AND KNIVES. WHEN THE POLICE CHECKED HER “FLAT” TIRE, THERE WAS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT; THE AIR HAD SIMPLY BEEN LET OUT.
IT WAS OBVIOUS WHAT THE MAN’S MOTIVE WAS, AND OBVIOUS THAT HE HAD CAREFULLY THOUGHT IT OUT IN ADVANCE. THE WOMAN WAS BLESSED TO HAVE ESCAPED HARM.
I’D LIKE YOU TO FORWARD THIS TO ALL THE WOMEN YOU KNOW. IT MAY SAVE A LIFE.
I WAS GOING TO SEND THIS TO THE LADIES ONLY; BUT GUYS, IF YOU LOVE YOUR MOTHERS, WIVES,SISTERS, DAUGHTERS, ETC., YOU MAY WANT TO PASS IT ON TO THEM, AS WELL. SEND THIS TO ANY WOMAN YOU KNOW THAT MAY NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN HAS A LOT OF CRAZIES IN IT….BETTER BE SAFE THANSORRY.
PLEASE BE SAFE AND NOT SORRY!!!!JUST A WARNING TO ALWAYS BE ALERT!!!!!NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN.
NEW METHOD OF HIJACKING
Hi Everyone

I want to bring a very serious issue under your attention: This has
happened
to three of our Kulula staff members in the last two weeks, on Cedar
Road,
between Broadacres and Dainfern, heading towards Lanseria Airport.

The hi-jackers throw eggs at your vehicle, hoping that you then slow
down
and put your wipers on. Once you put your wipers on, you cannot see a
thing.
This is just what the hi-jackers want. They stand a few meters away, and
once you have pulled over, they attack and take your car.
Maybe even your life.

In the event of this happening to you, just keep going. Open your window
slightly, put your head out the window for vision, and just keep
driving,
until you are safe.

PS:Kindly forward to all you know………………….It may just save
somebody’s LIFE.
Message from SAPS

Waarskuwing van die polisie:
Laat weet julle vrouens by die huis, veral PRETORIA area teen die volgende:
Swart Polisie lede gaan by huise om, klop aan die deure en se daar was n inbraak by bure. Sodra jy hulle inlaat rand hulle die vrouens aan, steel en daar is geraporteer van verkragting in pretoria.
Van die lede is al gevang.
ONTHOU: Geen SAPS lid mag binne jou huis kom sonder n lasbrief nie.
STUUR ASSEBLIEF VIR DIE MANS OOK AAN DAT HULLE HUL VROUENS KAN WAARSKU. DIT IS BAIE BAIE BELANGRIK VERAL AS DIE VROUENS ALLEEN BY DIE HUIS IS.
!Bank ATM’s Converted to Steal IDs of Bank CustomersA team of organized criminals are installing equipment on legitimate bank ATM’s in at least 2 regions to steal both the ATM card number and the PIN. The team sits nearby in a car receiving the information transmitted wirelessly over weekends and evenings from equipment they install on the front of the ATM (see photos). If you see an attachment like this, do not use the ATM and report it immediately to the bank using the phone on the front of the ATM. The equipment used to capture your ATM card number and PIN are cleverly disguised to look like normal ATM equipment. A “skimmer” is mounted to the front of the normal ATM card slot that reads the ATM card number and transmits it to the criminals sitting in a nearby car. At the same time, a wireless camera is disguised to look like a leaflet holder and is mounted in a position to view ATM PIN entries.The thieves copy the cards and use the PIN numbers to withdraw thousands from many accounts in a very short time directly from the bank ATM.
Equipment being installed on front of existing bank card slot.The equipment as it appears installed over the normal ATM bank slot. The PIN reading camera being installed on the ATM is housed in an innocent looking leaflet enclosure.The camera shown installed and ready to capture PIN’s by looking down on the keypad as you enter your PIN Tell more people>>>>>>
Here is something more for all of us to stress about! XXX
Be wise and aware!!
HI-JACKING WITH ACIDGavin Osmond (one of our engineers at Discovery) was involved in an attempted hi-jacking on Wednesday night in Rivonia, where a young perfectly nice-looking white guy convinced him into winding down his window at a robot, informed him that he wanted his car and then threw ACID IN HIS FACE!!! Gavin’s face was burned extensively and the membranes have been burned off his eyes.He was temporarily blind for a few hours. He is undergoing daily treatments and it will be several months before his eyes recover properly.DO NOT WIND DOWN YOUR WINDOW FOR ANYONE!!! – Tell your friends and family to be careful.Dave van WykSafety Health and Environmental OfficerG.U.D. Filters a Division of G.U.D. Holdings (Pty) Ltd

Be aware of the new hi-jacking scheme. Here’s how it works:You walk across the parking lot, unlock your car and get inside. Then you lock all your doors, start the engine and shift intoREVERSE and you look into the rearview mirror to back out of yourparking space when you notice a piece of paper stuck to the middle of the rear window. So, you switch off the car or shift the gears into PARK, unlockyour doors and jump out of your car to remove that paper (orwhatever itis) that is obstructing your view… When you reach the back of the car that is when the hi-jackers appear out of no where, jump into your car and take off!The door was unlocked, your keys were in the ignition, maybe the engine was running, (ladies would have probably left their handbag,with their purse, cellphone etc; in the car) and they practically mow you down as they speed off in your car. BEWARE OF THIS NEW SCHEME THAT IS NOW BEING USED!!!Should this happen to you, just drive away and remove the piece ofpaper that is stuck to your window later….and be thankful that you read this email.I hope you forward this to allyour friends and family…especiallywomen! A purse contains all identification, and you certainly do NOTwant anyone getting your home address. They already have your keys! Tom Odaniell, AA (Thank you Kindly Sir)
Kind Regards
HIJACKING AWARENESS GUIDE
27 November 2006
Prepared by:
Inspector Riaan Steenkamp
Elsburg SAPS
Sponsored By:
Netstar

CONTENTS
1. Introduction 10
2. How to Avoid a Hijack Situation 14
2.1 Take Precautions: 14
2.2 Don’t Be Fooled By: 18
2.3 Know Your Environment : 19
3. How to reduce the risk 25
3.1 When Entering Your Vehicle and While Driving: 26
3.2 When Parking Your Vehicle: 31
4. What is a suspicious vehicle/person? 34
4.1 Vehicles 35
4.2 Persons 37
5. Questions and Answers 39
5.1 WHEN AM I THE MOST VULNERABLE? 40
5.2 WHO ARE THESE HIJACKERS ? 44
5.3 ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HIJACKING ? 52
5.4 WHAT PREVENTATIVE MEASURES CAN I TAKE REGARDING MY PROPERTY ? 61
5.5 HOW SHOULD I RESPOND IN THE EVENT OF BEING HIJACKED ? 71

This document was designed with the following in mind:
· To educate the public
· To assist the public in recognising what a suspicious vehicle and person may look like
· To emphasise the seriousness of hijackings on the person reading this awareness guide.
Hijacking is not a new or unique problem to South Africa.
The first hijacking was recorded in 1984.
Between January and August 1996, there were 8 740 hijackings in South Africa, of which 5 251 were in Gauteng.
Hijacking is also not only a problem just associated with industrial areas; e.g. Wadeville in Germiston, but rather a problem associated with the availability of a certain of vehicle.
In 90% of these cases the hijackers were armed, although only 1% of attacks involved a fatal shooting. This means that the better prepared a potential victim is, the greater probability of the person surviving the attack with limited physical injury.


· Be familiar with your environment.
· Get to know who belongs in the vicinity of your home or workplace, and who does not.
· Keep your eyes open for anything out of the ordinary.
· Lock all doors and close windows before driving off.
· Try to vary your route to work, the gym – all places you travel to regularly.
· Hijackers are professionals too; they plan their attacks carefully.
· Ensure all your mirrors are adjusted to give you an optimal all-round view of your surroundings.
· Try to stop about 5m behind the car in front of you at a stop sign or traffic light – it makes for an easy getaway if trouble arises.

· False appeals for help.
· “Accidents” such as having you car rammed from behind.
· Someone trying to get help from a stationary car.
· your electric gates being jammed

· If approached by a stranger while in your car, drive off if possible and/or use your hooter to attract attention.
· Be constantly on the lookout for suspicious looking characters or vehicles and do not hesitate to report them to the Police.
· Always be on the alert for potential danger, and be on the lookout for possible escape routes and safe refuge along the way.
· If your suspicions are aroused by any person or vehicle in a high-risk area, treat it as hostile and take appropriate action (i.e. Ignore a red robot if it is safe to drive through; turn off and speed away from the perceived danger zone) and call for assistance where necessary.
· Always have your identity document and driver’s license on your person; and a pen and notepad ready to make necessary notes.
· If possible, avoid driving in the dark. Hijackers may stage a minor accident; e.g. If your car is bumped from behind and you do not feel comfortable with the individual/s involved in the situation, drive to the nearest Police Station for help.
· Never open your vehicle window or door for any stranger. If a suspicious person is near your unoccupied car, do not approach the vehicle. Keep walking to the nearest public area and ask for assistance.


While there is no guarantee what action will prevent hijacking, practising the following common sense techniques can reduce the risk:

· Have your key ready, but not visible.
· Inspect the outside and inside of the vehicle before unlocking.
· Know your destination and directions to it, and be alert should you get lost.
· Always drive with your windows and doors locked and/or closed.
· Make a mental note of any Police Stations in the vicinity while driving.
· When dropping a passenger off, make sure that they are safely in their own vehicles before departing.
· Avoid driving through high crime or unfamiliar areas.
· Avoid driving late at night at/or the early hours of the morning when the roads are quiet.
· Drive in the centre lane away from pedestrians where possible.
· If possible, never drive alone.
· NEVER, EVER pick up hitchhikers.
· Never follow routine routes when driving; change on a regular basis.
· Do not leave windows open more than 5cm.

· Check rear-view mirror to ensure that you are not being followed.
· When returning home after dark, ensure that there is an outside light on, or have someone meet you at the door.

· When exiting your vehicle, be cautious and aware of surrounding obstructions and shrubbery that may be concealing a hijacker.
· Never sit in your parked car without being conscious of your surroundings. Sleeping in a stationery vehicle is particularly dangerous.
· When approaching your driveway, be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles/persons.

A suspicious vehicle/person is a vehicle/person that acts in a manner which may seem to be unusual or strange.
EXAMPLES:

You are driving from your home; a new vehicle follows you for thirty minutes staying in the same lane as you, taking the same turn-offs as you.
If this vehicle has an old registration number e.g. HSG 090 T, the registration number is false, as all new cars should now have new Gauteng numbers plates.
The most important fact to remember while driving a motor vehicle is to be alert at all times. This is why the K53 driving method of driving is beneficial since the method concentrates a lot on the regular use of rear view mirrors.

A suspicious person can be any person that you feel acts in a strange manner. The problem with suspicious persons is that there are no distinguishing features. Hijackers come in any form or shape. Colour, race, sex or age are not distinguishing features.
The best way to identify a suspicious person is to see all unknown persons as being suspicious.


At traffic lights 7%
At a stop street or yield sign 6%
At other intersections 1%
In front of private residences 51%
At business premises 5%
At shops, post offices, telephone booths, etc 3%
At filling stations 1%
Victims sitting in parked cars 10%
Victims forced off road by decoys 4%
Victims parking, i.e. Either starting cars or
leaving/approaching parked cars 2%
Victims stationery and working at the roadside, i.e.
repairing telephone cables 2%
While loading and offloading goods 2%
By hitch-hikers 1%
While taxis are loading/offloading passengers 4%
Unknown 1%

To date, the overwhelming proportion of all the hijackers have been men, and occasionally women. operating in groups of four or five, sometimes more. The hijackers tend to be very young, in their teens and early twenties, although some victims report the presence of a ‘team leader’ who seemed older. Women are being used to lull potential victims into a false sense of security, since most of us feel less threatened in the presence of a woman as opposed to a man.
These people are sometimes well dressed, but not always. They may wear a jacket or jersey under which they may conceal weapons, mostly handguns and knives, but occasionally AK47 assault rifles.
The hijackers operate from motorcars, although they have been known to attack on foot. The cars they use vary, but are normally high performance vehicles, sometimes with tinted windows. Their driving habits are immediately suspicious. Before an attack they may cruise slowly around a particular area (often for days before the attack) without any apparent sense of purpose or specific direction. They may also simply sit in the car parked off the road or in a parking garage. Immediately after an attack, their driving patterns change dramatically. They will speed off, driving perhaps nervously and recklessly, but often with an air of bravado as if enjoying or flaunting publicly their total disregard for the law and the innocent person they have just attacked. They might ignore red traffic lights, jump stop streets and weave in and out through traffic, especially on motorways. This renders them highly visible to the public and this is where private citizens can play a vital role in assisting these people’s arrest.
The police are urging citizens to make use of the 10111 telephone number if they find themselves in a hijack situation. It is also open to anyone who sees a suspicious looking vehicle either following them or loitering around the neighbourhood.

· The “Freight” hijacking, in which a commercial vehicle is hijacked, is not only to secure the vehicle, but also its cargo, which can be of substantial value. Frequently, the cargo is of more interest to the hijacker than the truck.
· The “Transport” hijacking, in which the vehicle is taken for the express purpose of using as transport during other crimes such as drug trafficking, burglaries, bank robberies and gun running. The vehicles are probably later cannibalised for spare parts or simply dumped.
· The “Showmanship” hijacking, in which a gang operates out of egotistical bravado, acting on the “this is a cool thing to be doing” rationale. Peer group pressure is very high and individuals may be coerced into more dangerous and daredevil approaches, being labelled as a ‘sissy’ if they do not. Thus intimidation, violence and vandalism is associated with the crime.
· The “Operational” hijacking, in which a group formally work together in a more structured way. They usually have experience in car theft and have established contact within the motorcar underworld who will receive and pay cash for stolen vehicles or spare parts. They also often have information with regards to the international black market, e.g. The movement of stolen cars into South Africa’s neighbouring states.
· The “Syndicate” hijacking, which is the most organised of all and often has international connections. A network of hijacking groups is established with the overall co-ordinator syndicating out work so that he remains out of view in exactly the same way as the “drug barons” use pushers. This makes identifying and arresting the ultimate boss very difficult.
Additionally, a syndicate is often backed by a lot of money, especially if there are international links and makes full use of any potential to bribe the authorities in order to protect their operations.
PROPERTY?
· Ensure that anyone leaving your property can get into their car, start it, lock the doors and be fully prepared to drive off before the gates are opened. Consciously think about this every time someone leaves your premises.
· If possible, ensure that anyone leaving you premises can do so without having to reverse into the road. Reversing forces one to concentrate on the driving and not what lies outside the gate. It also greatly reduces visibility.
· If your visitors have to park in the street, escort them out on foot and check that the road is clear for them. If you have dogs, take them with you, especially after dark.
· Ensure that your gate and driveway are well lit after dark. Replace fused light bulbs immediately.
· Ensure that the number of your house is clearly visible at all times, night or day.
· Install electrically operated gates – consider these now a necessity rather than a luxury.
· If you have electric gates and a buzzer system, ensure that visitors can reach the buzzer without having to get out of their cars.
· At the home, when someone rings the bell and you have established that the person can enter your property, do not leave them stationary waiting outside for longer than is absolutely necessary.
· Either do not leave you property or hesitate to drive away from it if you spot a suspicious looking person or car in your immediate vicinity
· Be particularly alert if you live in a cul de sac, given their single point of entry and exit. More and more residents are reverting to closing off cul de sacs and employing a guard at the entrance. However, when considering this, do not forget to liaise with the City Council.
· When driving, avoid wearing flashy jewellery, heavy gold chains, large dangling earrings, gold watches, or anything that can be easily seen from a distance by a casual passer-by.
· Never leave any important documents in your car, i.e. cheque books, bank statements, invoices, telephone accounts, credit cards, keys, remote controls or personal post, anything that may provide personal details, either while stationary or driving.
· Vehicle tracking: the only solution to vehicle related crimes is to have tracking systems installed.
HIJACKED?
· No matter how outraged you may feel at the time, your prime objective must be to look after your personal safety and that of your passengers. The preservation of human life must take precedence over material assets.
· Do nothing that is going to alarm the hijackers. Never initiate any movement yourself. This may give the hijacker the impression that you are reaching for a gun or panic button. Remember – the hijackers will be as nervous, if not more so, than you. Do not motion with your hands. Rather tell the hijackers where they can find the items. Keep you hands clearly visible and as still as possible, ideally at chest level. Do not raise them above your head as the hijackers may interpret this as you trying to attract the attention of a third party.
· Answer any Questions truthfully especially with regard to firearms. If the hijacker finds out or suspects that you have lied to him, he is more likely to turn violent and unleash his frustrations on you physically.

· Even in your shocked and terrified state, try to listen to and understand exactly what they hijackers want from you.
· Try to concentrate on the possibility of identifying your attackers at a later stage. But remember – this does not mean staring at your attackers, making it obvious that you are looking for a means of identifying them. Stare openly at them and they will be less willing to release you, as they will think that you have incriminating evidence against them.
· If they kidnap you – co-operate with them fully. If you have a baby sleeping in the back seat which they may not have noticed, tell the attackers. Tell them that driving away with your child is only going to make things more difficult for them. Ask them if they can fetch your child. Do not move towards the car without their explicit directive. Tell them that a baby means them no harm and is no threat. Do the same if you have a pet in the car. Do not push the issue to the point where your life may be threatened at the expense of a pet.

INTIMIDATION METHOD
Please be very careful when travelling alone. A woman was pushed off the road on Saturday at 10:00 on Ontdekkers road. A white taxi full of men followed her for about 5 minutes and then moved in next to her car and slowly pushed her towards the pavement. They kept on until a couple of other cars started to drive around her, nand then left.
This morning another lady stopped at a traffic light on Jan Smuts Avenue. A taxi stopped next to her and five guys jumped out of the taxi. One banged on the roof of her car, two tried to open the front doors, a third jumped onto the bonnet of her car and a fourth stood in front of her car. She got such a fright that she pulled away knocking the > chap in front of her down and crossed the red robot. It seems that this is a new type of intimidation, victimizing mainly women drivers. Please be
very careful when driving on your own. This is the 5th case we’ve heard > of since last week.Please pass this on – not only to females – but to everyone – be alert.Managing Director Guardforce Int’l Transportation Ltd. SAMen: please forward this to all the ladies you know.
TIPS FROM POLICE
This is a good reminder for all of us. You can never read this too many times!!
1. Tip from police: The elbow is the strongest point on your body.
IF YOU ARE CLOSE ENOUGH TO USE IT, DO!
2. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you…. chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet or purse.
RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car: Kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their car after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their check book, or making a list, etc.) DON’T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go.
AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE.
5. A Few Notes About Getting Into Your Car In a Parking Lot, or Parking Garage:
A. Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor, and in the back seat.
(and check out under the car as you approach.)
B. If you’re parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars.
C. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle, and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY.
(And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. (Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot).
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; And even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ, RUN!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP IT !
It may get you raped, or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane, or a limp, and often asked “for help” into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, andshe called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her “Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.” The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, “We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.” He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they heard baby cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night.
Please pass this on! and DO NOT open the door for a crying baby.
This e-mail should probably be taken seriously because the Crying Baby theory was mentioned on: America’s Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana .
Please forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle.
I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys, if you love your mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, etc., you may want to pass it on to them, as well. .
The VIN Number
Seems that car thieves have found yet another way to steal your car or truck without any effort at all. The car thieves peer through the windshield of your car or truck, write down the VIN # from the label on the dash, go to the local car dealership and request a duplicate key based on the VIN#.I didn’t believe it, so I called a friend at BMW Hatfield in Pretoria and pretended I had lost my keys. They told me to just bring in the VIN #, and they would cut me one on the spot, and I could order the keyless device if I wanted.The Car Dealer’s Parts Department will make a duplicate key from the VIN #, and collect payment from the thief, who will return to your car. He doesn’t have to break in, do any damage to the vehicle, or draw attention to himself. All he has to do is walk up to your car, insert the key, and off he goes to a local Chop Shop with your vehicle. You don’t believe it? It IS that easy. To avoid this from happening to you, simply put some tape (electrical tape, duct tape or medical tape) across the VIN Metal Label located inside the windshield on the dash board. By law, you cannot remove the VIN, but you can cover it so it can’t be viewed through the windshield by a car thief. I urge you to forward this to your friends before some other car thief steals another car or truck. I slipped a 3 x 5 card over my car’s VIN #.

Hijack Hotspots

The latest hijack hotspots in Johannesburg and Pretoria as supplied by eBlockwatch and SAP.Johannesburg:The William Nicol Drive offramp from the N1 from the Sandton sideThe corner of Old Pretoria Road and 1st Avenue in AlexandraNew Road offramp in MidrandRiviera Road offramp near Killarney MallIntersection of Christiaan de Wet Road and Wilgerood Road in RoodepoortAll the traffic lights along Louis Botha Avenue between Alexandra and HillbrowParkwood and Saxonwold (Rosebank precinct)Upper Houghton and Killarney (Hillbrow precinct) Between 10th and 11th avenues and 4th and 7th avenues in Parkhurst (Parkview precinct)Glenhazel, Lombardy East and Sandringham (Sandringham precinct)Orange Grove and Highlands North (Norwood precinct) Yeoville, Bellevue and Bellevu e East (Yeoville precinct)Wynberg, Bramley, Marlboro and Kew (Bramley precinct)Pretoria: The Atterbury Road offramp from the N1 in MenlynLynnwood Road offramp on the N1John Vorster Drive offramp from the N1 in LytteltonJean Avenue offramp from the R28 in CenturionRigel Avenue offramp from the N1 in Erasmuskloof Corner of University Road and Lynnwood Road in HatfieldThe traffic lights along Walker Street in SunnysideThe Lynnwood Road and Hans Strijdom Drive intersection in GarsfonteinThe traffic lights along Nelson Mandela Drive in Sunnyside The traffic lights along Simon Vermooten Road in SilvertonAlong Beyers Naude Drive and Paul Kruger Street in WonderboompoortNelson Mandela Drive, Duncan Street and Walker Street in SunnysideThe R55 in Erasmia Burnett Street, Hilda Street and the Atterbury Road offramp in the Brooklyn areaDelfi Avenue and Garsfontein Road in Garsfontein

“The purpose of life is to help others, and if you can’t help them, would you at least not hurt them.

SUID-AFRIKAANSE POLISIEDIENS SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE
PARENTS,
Here are a few safety hints and the things happening in the area these days :
Burglaries occur behen 2am and 4am in ihe morning and 90 % are through the roof.
They lift the roof tiles, cut the plastic coverand kick the ceiling panel out and gain access.
This takes 30-40 seconds.
Three different colours are used to indicate target difficulty ;
red – be prepared to use armed force or will encounter resistance
white – easy target
green – go ahead – all clear ( nobody home !I]
blue – somebody on premises will provide assistance
These indicators are placed on the pavement outside your property in different forms. In
certain cases, red rope has been used or white stones. It could also be a plastic bag tied
to the branch of a shrub, a tree or grass.lt could be grass knotted in a bundle,
They have previously also used pieces of metal or plastic which have been stuck into the
ground. Please check outside of your properties on a regular basis and remove any
identification marks that you find.
Would be criminals follow people home from shopping+centres (ladies). Ladies are
advised not to wear expensive jevriellery or flash large sums of money around
shopping centres, have entered boomed areas and have been robbed at their
premises within the closed off areas.
Please be aware of what and whom is around you at shopping centres.And who may be
following you home. if.
In some neighbourhoods, cold drink cans are left on the pavement to indicate the level of
force involved in breaking in or stealing from you.
Cream Soda cans are used as Green
Coke can as Red
A flattened Plastic milk bottle is used as White.
These items are strategically left.on your pavement to look like general public litter and are
always placed so that a passer by won’t kick it out af the way.
BE ALERT !!!!
SAPS TRiCHARDT

Confirmed this with a paramedic, he said it originated with the 9/11 disaster when ER workers struggled to get hold of loved ones. The card is for the wallet. Love.
Paramedics will turn to a victim’s cell phone for clues to that person’s identity. You can make their job much easier with a simple
idea that they are trying to get everyone to adopt: ICE. ICE stands for In Case of Emergency. If you add an entry in the contacts list in your cell phone under ICE, with the name and phone no. of the person that the emergency services should call on your behalf, you can save them a lot of time and have your loved ones contacted quickly. It only takes a few moments of your time to do. Paramedics know what ICE means and they look for it immediately. ICE your cell phone NOW! Please pass this one along!
PASS THIS ON IT MAY HELP SOMEONE

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