It’s any parent’s deepest fear to have their child stuck in the crossfire in the event of a hijacking. While the reality of such a situation is frightening, it may be a good idea to role play the situation with your family and talk them through how to respond and remain calm (if your children are old enough).
Here’s some practical advice from Cartrack in the event of a hijacking:
- Be aware of what’s happening around you. Statistically you are most likely to be hijacked between 4pm and 8pm on a Friday, and most hijackings occur in the victim’s driveway.
- Prepare yourself mentally and physically for a hijack situation by roleplaying a scenario with your family. You can make a game of it to make it less traumatic for your children.
- It’s important to realise that there’s often nothing you can do other than to cooperate.
- As difficult as it may sound, try and remain calm, as the hijacker will respond according to your reactions.
- Acknowledge the hijacker’s presence. Don’t make eye contact. Keep your hands visible.
- When you’re inside your car with the doors locked, you are still in a safe zone. Position your child’s car seat on the passenger side in the back of the car so that you can reach back, undo your child’s safety belt and bring them out with you when you get out of the car.
- Avoid getting out of the car first and then opening the back door to get your child.
- If, for whatever reason, this is unavoidable and you are forced to get out of the car while your child is still strapped into a baby seat, take the car keys with you as a ‘bargaining tool’.
- If your children are old enough, take the child lock off, and show them how to undo their safety belts, get out of the car and move to safety.
- Let the hijackers know what you’re doing at all times and don’t make any sudden movements.