Ladies, beware – theft from accident victims is on the rise…
As if being involved in a vehicle accident isn’t enough to leave you shaken, a shocking new trend sees criminals taking the opportunity to target stranded motorists after an accident.
Rescue Care operations director, Garrith Jamieson says: “Theft from accident victims is not uncommon and we often see cases like this. People are often trapped and injured in their cars and criminals take advantage of that to rob them blind.” Johannesburg’s EMS’s spokesperson, Robert Mulaudzi, concurs, saying it happens a lot.
According to Casey Rousseau, Marketing Manager of 1st for Women Insurance: “These opportunistic criminals prey on those who are at their most vulnerable for items like cellphones, jewellery, handbags and laptops. It’s abhorrent that criminals are targeting accident victims, and we urge motorists, to be prepared, just in case.”
Knowing this is enough to put many of us off of driving completely, but there is so much we can do to make sure that we don’t become another statistic and it starts with being vigilant and aware.
It’s also worth getting to know your insurance policy, as many of them provide roadside assistance services, such as 1st for Women’s ‘Guardian Angel on Call’ app, to keep you monitored, safe and assisted in the aftermath of an accident.
If you are in an accident or if your car breaks down on the side of the road, vigilance and constant awareness of your surroundings is crucial to ensuring your safety. 1st for Women Insurance has some tips to help you stay safe: