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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Hijacking and all!! Is this true?

Thought your readers might need to know. I received an email at the end of February beginning of March warning us of Hi-jack attempts on the highway between Pretoria and Joburg N1.

Lucky for us we read the email.

On Saturday 14th March travelling to Joburg we had a hi-jack attempt made on us!!! Two Indian men (can't call them gentlemen) flashed a card at us that said Police and indicated that we pull over, smiling at us, we signed to them NO go away they were in a White/Silver BMW no number plates on the vehicle. They shot off in front of us at high speed. About 20mins later they were back again in a Black BMW, same people, indicating to us to pull over flashing the same card after much foul language using signs. We refused to pull over. This time we managed to get a license number from the front of the vehicle MZP 131 GP but no number
at the back (Plates are properly stolen).

It was an extremely frightening experience for us and happen so quickly.
These hi-jackers are targeting Zimbabwe Cars, probably because we are carrying hard cash on us. To my knowledge the police are not allowed to pull vehicles off to the side of the road on a Main Highway. Our feeling was that IF they were police rather follow them to the police station and suffer the consequences rather than be hi-jacked. As it turns out we never saw them again.

So as school holidays are now upon us and April is the time for most Zimbo's to travel down South


I attach an email I received the other day

The Emergency Number worldwide for Mobile is 112.

If you find yourself out of the coverage area of your mobile; network and there is an emergency,dial 112 and the mobile will search any existing network to establish the emergency number for you,and interestingly this number 112 can be dialed even if the keypad is locked. Try it out.


ATM - PIN Number Reversal

If you should ever be forced by a robber to withdraw money from an ATM machine, you can notify the police by entering your PIN # in reverse. For example, if your pin number is 1234, then you would put in 4321.

The ATM system recognizes that your PIN number is backwards from the ATM card you placed in the machine.

The machine will still give you (& the robber) the money you requested, but unknown to the robber, the police will be immediately alerted, and dispatched to the location (if you are lucky).

Also, the robbers will only know your PIN backwards, so if they take your card and try to use it again with the reversed number, the ATM will again alert the police.

This information was recently broadcast on CTV by Crime Stoppers. However it is seldom used because people just don't know about it.

Please pass this along to everyone. This is the kind of information people don't mind receiving, so pass it on to your family and friends.

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