The 5-Minute Rule

There has been an increase in the number of people who have been followed home from shopping centres, airports or other venues, leading to driveway robberies. Victims are robbed of jewellery, watches, cell phones, and other electronic equipment. The criminals work in groups of 4/5 people, are armed and well organised. We urge everybody to remain aware and to please observe the 5-minute rule before arriving at your destination.

5 minutes from your destination:

  • Transform into an alert state and become aware of your surroundings
  • Get off your cell phone
  • Turn down car radio/music
  • Open the front drivers and passenger window to about 3 cm from the top
  • Start listening to all external sounds and be alert to any abnormal noises
  • Begin to use all 3 mirrors – left-hand side mirror, right-hand side mirror and rear view mirror in sequence
  • Become alert to what vehicles or people are around your vehicle
  • Ask any kids to quieten and calm down
  • Request any adult passengers to assist with observation
  • Slow down
  • Keep the vehicle in the direction of the road (parallel to the point of entry)
  • Conduct a last visual check for any suspicious people or vehicles

24/7 Security Services – info@24-7security.co.za / 011 444 2237