24 May What to do if you are hijacked with children in the car!
It’s a horrible thought but one that South African parents need to make themselves aware of. You could be hijacked and worse, it could be at a time when you have your children in the car. So, what do you do? How do you react to give yourself and your children the best chance of getting out safely?
We have put together 5 tips to keep in mind should the unthinkable happen to you:
- Stay calm. Most hijackers are nervous and unpredictable. If you try to stay calm and talk to them in a clear voice, the situation is likely to go smoother.
- Do not look them in the eye. You do not want them to think you will identify them to the police. Look directly ahead of you, speak slowly and calmly and don’t make direct eye-contact.
- Tell them you have kids in the car. Hijackers do not want to take your children – this is an added complication for them and turns a hijacking into a kidnapping. By telling them you have children in the car they will either move on to another vehicle or allow you to take the children out of the car.
- They want your car – give it to them. Don’t put up a fight, rather tell them they can have the car but that you are going to get your children out first. Leave everything except your children.
- Do not get out of the vehicle without your children. Lean back into the backseat to unclip them out of their car seats and carry them out with you. Or, if they are older get them to unclip their seatbelts and hold your hand out of the front seat. Keep clam and reassure them that it will be ok and that they must keep looking at you. Do not give the hijacker the opportunity to get into the driver’s seat before you have your children with you.
As parents we need to ensure our children’s safety not only when they are with us but when we entrust them to others. You need to do your due diligence to guarantee the service transport provider you use for your children would act as you would in a hijacking situation. At Cool (kids’) Cabs, all our drivers are fully trained in both hijack prevention, what to do should a hijacking occur and how to emotionally handle your children in this situation. The right knowledge and training mean that should this ever happen to a vehicle your child is travelling in, that you or those you have entrusted your child too should be able to come out of the situation ok.
If you would like more information on hijack prevention courses or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org