CCTV footage of a man being robbed at gunpoint outside a house in Rynfield, Benoni, has emerged on Facebook, and there are several things you can learn from watching his horrifying experience to hopefully prevent it happening to you.
In the video, which was posted by a community watch group called News, Accidents, Robberies & Incidents, a man pulled up to a house and rung the intercom, before being blocked in by three men in a black Audi who proceeded to rob him at gunpoint.
Briefly.co.za took a look at the video, and made a list of five things you should always be aware of when driving to a destination:
1. Notify people waiting at the house of your arrival time
If you know people will be home when you arrive, let them know what time you expect to be there so they can be waiting for you and can react quickly in the event of a holdup or robbery.
2. Don't assume that because it's daylight, you're safe
Robberies like this will often take place during the day, as neighbours are at work and residences are empty. Be alert and if you see someone driving suspiciously, don't pull into the driveway until they've passed.
3. Ring the intercom then close your window
In this video, the victim needed to ring the intercom to gain access to the house. In a case like this, ring the intercom, and then close your window as much as possible to prevent criminals gaining access to your vehicle.
4. Keep your doors locked
Make sure your doors are locked until you are safely in your driveway.
5. Smarter vehicles do not mean they're not potential criminals
There's a stereotype that criminals drive cheaper or older vehicles. This is not always the case, so if you suspect you're being followed, no matter what type of vehicle it is, drive to a safe area and wait for them to pass you.
Lietenant Colonel Mack Mngomezulu of the Benoni SAPS confirmed the robbery was reported to the police station on Friday, immediately after it took place.
“The man reported that he was robbed of his ring, watch, cellphone and other valuables, including his car keys.
“Fortunately the robbers didn’t attempt to hijack his car but the victim was still very traumatised by the ordeal,” Mngomezulu said, adding that the criminals had not yet been apprehended but that the SAPS was working tirelessly to make an arrest.
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