A road safety friend alerted the Arrive Alive website to a technique used by hijackers enticing motorists to stop by using a numberplate.
“Number plate hijacking is an innovative way that hijackers use to approach the unsuspecting vehicle owner and take his vehicle from him!
These hijackers will stalk you to a parking lot or mall, after parking your vehicle, they remove your number plate and wait for you to drive off. They then follow you and overtake you displaying your number plate at their window as if you had lost it and want to give it back to you.
Shocked that your number plate has fallen off your car, you bring your vehicle to a halt to get it from them. This is all they want you to do and by the time you realized what happened it is too late, your car was hi-jacked or you could have been raped/killed.
Please don’t just stop for anything; a number plate is valueless compared to your life.
Think what is happening before you react to it.
Criminals are clever and cunning but are ruthless in getting what they want…
We would like to urge all road users to be vigilant and alert at all times!”
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