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How to counter carjackers

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By Pkemoi Ng'enoh | Jun 25th 2014 | 1 min read

Carjacking in Nairobi city and other towns has become almost the norm, going by several media reports.

Some of the most notorious routes in the city are Ngong and Jogoo roads, where thugs mostly target buses and matatus. In posh estates, the thugs tactically hang around gates before striking.

Despite efforts by the authorities to deal with carjackers, it is also important that passengers and motorists take precautions to stay safe.

Here are a few guidelines to ensure that you are safe on the road:

1. If you notice that you are being followed, never lead the person behind you towards the direction of your home. Either stop at a nearby petrol station or police station.

2. Leave ample manoeuvering space between your vehicle and the one in front of you; this is important in case of an emergency ahead.

3. If a suspicious person approaches and stops you, do not roll down your windows. Drive away if the person is not a uniformed traffic police officer.

4. When you drive through areas containing stoplights, stop signs or anything that reduces your driving speed, keep your windows up and doors locked.

5. Sometimes carjackers harass drivers on the road in an effort to force them to alight and argue with them. If this happens, depending on the time of the day and area you are in, do not stop.

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