ALERT: Increase in Local “Follow Home” Incidents!
Our fortnightly crime reports in each edition of our newsletter aim to provide you with local, relevant and up-to-date information about what is happening in neighbouring suburbs – and it’s not always a pretty picture. We are in the privileged position of having yet another crime-free month in MX40 – largely as a result of the ever-vigilant CSS Tactical, our hands-on committee, and passionate local residents.
That being said, we all travel through other neighbourhoods and suburbs while commuting to work, to the shops or to visit family and friends. It is therefore important that we all know what to look for, and ways we can ensure we are as safe as possible.
We have noticed a marked increase in the number of “follow home” incidents. Often, we are so busy looking at our phones while stopped at a robot, that we aren’t always aware of vehicles that are following us or armed criminals looking for an easy target while we are stuck in traffic.
Here are a few practical ways to avoid being the victim of a “follow home” incident.
Please be sure to share them with teenaged children that are driving and are often unaware of their surroundings.
- Avoid displaying cash or large amounts of jewellery when out and about (especially at restaurants).
- Double-check that your vehicle is locked when parking at the mall.
- Be aware of people watching you when pushing your trolley towards the car and packing the shopping into the car.
- Be HYPER vigilant when leaving a shopping centre, airport or bank.
- Before departing the mall to go home, ensure that the remote for your driveway and garage are within easy reach.
- When driving, make use of your mirrors to take a mental note of vehicles which have followed you for extended periods of time, particularly when driving from malls. If the vehicle is still behind you when you near your driveway, do not stop or slow down. Instead, go around the block and proceed to the nearest police station, or any other place of safety. Request the police or Beagle Watch / CSS Tactical to either meet you at your home or escort you back home, if you feel the risk remains.
- Do not use you mobile phone while driving . This will distract you from warning signs of a follow-home robbery.
What to do if you think you are being followed!
- Proceed to the nearest police station.
- If you are already within the MX40 enclosure and suspect you are being followed, circle through the suburb and if you are still being followed and call CSS Tactical (011 577 1200).
- Do not go to your home. Do not stop your vehicle. Do not go down the Springhill or Bauhinia cul-de-sacs. If the vehicle continues to follow you, make your way to the Sandton police station. The Sandton police station is at the corner of Rivonia & Summit Roads, with the entrance to the police station in Summit Rd, opposite the Caltex garage.