A smash and grab criminal turns a pleasant drive into a nightmare. The criminal act is usually characterized by smashing through the vehicle window and grabbing something of value whilst the car is stationary at traffic lights, or stuck in slow moving traffic. This violent act often places the motorist in silent paralysis – just enough to get hold of the valuables and flee the scene! Even though it is not always possible to avoid the so called hotspots, it is possible to reduce the risk of becoming a smash and grab victim.
Arrive Alive offers safety tips to motorists, emphasising that the cautious driver is able to prevent most smash-and-grab incidents.
10 Safety Tips for Driving:
Even though it is not always possible to avoid the so called hot spots, it is possible to reduce the risk of becoming a smash and grab victim.
6 Safety Tips for Parking:
Protective ‘Smash and Grab’ Window Film
Although smash and grab protective safety film may not prevent smash and grab incidents, it will give you a few extra minutes to compose yourself and drive safely away. The protective film is usually tinted so that no-one can see into the car. Most importantly, it prevents the window from shattering - the glass breaks, but the film holds the pieces in place, which protects you from broken glass splinters. Some car insurance companies provide a discounted premium to vehicle owners who install window safety film on their vehicles.
Safety film also rejects up to 99% of the sun’s harmful UV rays, helping to protect you against skin cancer and your car’s interior from fading and cracking. It reduces glare and resultant eye fatigue and improves comfort by keeping the vehicle interior cool and comfortable in scorching heat.
If you don’t have smash and grab film installed, leave your window open slightly (approximately 3 cm, but less than 5cm). This makes the glass more flexible and more resistant against shattering if struck by a sharp object.