Although recent incidents are described as “sporadic” at best, security experts have raised the alarm against carjackings in the metro… particularly those originating from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
It was certainly disconcerting to read this piece of news over the weekend. It follows the horrific experience of George Bernas, brother-in-law of Luli Arroyo, along C-5 Road. If a highly-placed personality like Mr. Bernas can be victimized by carjackers, what more the OFW carrying his hard-earned cash from some desert in the Middle East? I am saying this because both incidents occurred as the victims travelled home from the NAIA.
Some quarters express fears that these criminal groups have “spotters” inside NAIA who look out for potential targets and relay these to their cohorts who then track the victims and attack them, particularly during the wee hours and in areas where there’s less or no known police visibility.
Security experts give the following tips to avoid carjacking:
1. Do not leave your parking ticket inside your vehicle.
2. Be observant when on the road. Go to the nearest police station if you think you are being followed.
3. Always check the back seat of your car before getting in.
4. Lock your doors at all times while driving.
5.Do not trust “watch your car boys” when you are parked outside buildings. They may be serving as spotters or look-outs of car thieves.
6. Don’t pick up hitchhikers.
7. Do not let your driver sleep inside your vehicle while waiting for you.