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How to survive a carjacking ordeal

16 June 2016, 09:32 Solomon Opala

Thugs and people who want to reap where they did not sow are part of our society and we don't wish to meet them at all.

I remember many years ago after buying my first Toyota corolla, I thought life could only be better. One day as I arrived at the gate before the watchman could open, I saw some young men surround the car and one showed me a pistol at the driver's window and ordered me to open the door. I quickly remembered an article I had read about going through a mugging with a presence of mind.

Some of the things you need to do to ensure your safety are:

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1. Be calm. The people stealing from you are usually inexperienced youth and very frightened as well. Any sudden movement or screaming may trigger a negative reaction like shooting and fleeing. You don't want to lose your life because of a car that is insured or valuables that you can purchase with the next month's salary.

2. Cooperate with them. You need to give everything that is asked for and don't try to argue or resist them. Let them see you as an ally who is more than willing to cooperate .

3. Explain your actions. If you need to pick something or open your jacket for a phone, explain it to them and avoid making sudden movements that could be misinterpreted as forging a counter attack.

3. Pray to your maker. The Almighty God is our protector and when we are under attack, we should know that He is a present help in time of trouble. Always be in talking terms with Him so that when you call on Him you can trust He will answer you.

4. Have a plan B. Always keep some money at a different place like below the mats on the floor or behind the side mirror. Get to memorise some important numbers like those of close friends and family. You can call them from a booth. Also have an insurance plan that covers road rescue and all emergencies. Be safe.

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