Road Safety and Preventing Smash-and-Grab
- June 9, 2021
- Posted by: SSDC Online Nigeria
- Category: blog
A smash-and-grab criminal turns a pleasant drive into a nightmare when criminals are pouncing on unsuspecting drivers.
The criminal act is usually characterized by smashing through some sort of barrier (e.g. vehicle window) while the car is stationary at traffic lights or stuck in slow-moving traffic and grabbing something of value (e.g. jackets, handbags, laptops, etc).
A smash-and-grab usually plays on the element of speed and surprise -The violent smashing of the window at the passenger side places the motorist in a few moments of silent paralysis – just enough to get hold of the valuables and flee the scene!
These car burglaries can be expensive, from the cost of repairs to the vehicle and windows to, replacing your belongings. The victims will most likely be traumatized and feel victimized for quite some time.
What is targeted?
The thieves are usually after valuables that they can easily identify from outside the vehicle and sell as easily once removed from the possession of the motorists. Items targeted include:
Purses, handbags, and wallets,
Laptop bags, briefcases, and backpacks,
Cell phones, MP3 players, and tablets
Loose change and CDs,
Where are drivers most at risk and what are the methods used?
We find in the media mentions and warnings of so-called “Hot spots”. Even without warning signs, the cautious driver would be able to identify areas where he/ she would be most at risk. These tend to be places where criminals know that vehicles will be stationary, where drivers can be easily distracted, and where the criminal can make a quick and effective escape.
Who is most vulnerable?
The victims are most often single drivers with belongings on the passenger seat.
Criminals tend to focus on female drivers, knowing that they are less likely to chase after them.
Drivers who are distracted are most vulnerable – those busy on the cellular phone or with a cigarette in the hand.
Vehicles left unattended away from the crowds and with valuables visible are easy targets for a quick smash-and-grab.
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