How not to become a smash ‘n grab victim:

1.Lock all your doors and close the windows when driving

2.Avoid opening your windows or getting involved in discussions with street vendors or anyone handing out flyers

3.Constantly be on the lookout for suspicious looking characters.

4.Always be conscious of your surroundings and remain alert when coming to an intersection or stopping your vehicle.

5.Be wary of people standing at intersections. They may be innocent but perpetrators mix with these people while waiting for an opportunity to pounce.

6. If you encounter obstacles such as rocks or tyres do not get out of your vehicle to remove them -immediately reverse and drive off in the opposite direction.

7.If it’s late at night, slow down well in advance so that the light changes green by the time you reach the intersection.

8.Leave a gap between you and the car in front of you to give you room to escape (i.e. drive away from the scene), if anything should happen.

9.Be especially wary whenever you see broken glass lying on the road. If the pieces of glass are still scattered across the road, chances are that a smash and grab occurred just recently.

10.Stow away your belongings such as shopping bags and laptops in the boot of your vehicle before leaving a parking area.