A recent report on safety for travellers details the most dangerous cruise destinations for passengers but what should be of far greater concern to tourists is the rise in the number of carjackings, either to steal from the person or to steal the car.
|Crimes like this against tourists are becoming common|
It’s acknowledged that tourists are at a great disadvantage when visiting unfamiliar countries but many of them are complacent about the risks. One aspect of a trip abroad where tourists have an over-confident view of their security is in car hire.
There would seem to be no reason not to feel safe enclosed in a car, especially when driving carefully but the statistics say otherwise. Depending on which figures you believe, there are up to 50,000 car jackings a year in the US, 38,000 in South Africa, several hundred in the UK and in Kenya, it’s the most common violent crime.
Many drivers are fooled by simple tricks like a bump from behind at a junction, someone lying in the road or flagging a car down next to a vehicle with its bonnet up. At its most blatant, gangs will open your door or smash your window whilst you’re stopped at junctions or traffic lights.
Resisting has in some cases been met with deadly consequences and law enforcement agencies offer sound advice to avoid becoming one of the statistics.
In many countries where carjacking is a problem, hire car companies do all they can to disguise the fact the car is hired to tourists as this marks out easy targets to gangs.
Avoid driving at night, especially if you’re unsure of your location
Keep your car doors locked at all times
Remain vigilant, especially at junctions and traffic lights
Never stop for anyone who seems to be in trouble. Instead, call the emergency services
Make sure you avoid areas of countries and cities which have reputations for crime.
Don’t leave valuables visible in the car and, where possible, leave them securely locked away at your accommodation.
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