Home > News > Public Health Updated 18 July 2014 Hijackers' new dirty trick to get you off the road Travellers have been warned that car hijackers are placing rocks and cement blocks in the road in an effort to derail you. 30 After two incidents involving an airport employee and a pilot in just the last month, travellers have been issued a warning when heading to Cape Town International Airport along the N2.A pilot narrowly escaped being robbed, while another airport employee was reportedly robbed and attacked in what is the latest scheme car hijackers are using to separate you from your car and other belongings. What is the latest hijacking modus operandi?Hijackers are placing cardboard boxes or plastic bags that contain or cover large rocks or chunks of concrete in the middle of the road. They place up to three in the road, often in broad daylight, giving the driver little choice but to hit one of them.When a car drives over these, it causes serious damage to the car and forces the driver to pull over. As soon as the driver pulls over, hijackers ambush him/her. Or, as happened to SAA cabin crew member Wesley Ford, he pulled up to avoid the rocks and and the hijackers took the opportunity to attack him.Luckily he escaped with just a couple of bruises after a truck driver stopped to help him, IOL reports.Aiports Company of South Africa is aware of the recent incidents and say they are engaging in the necessary security to put preventative measure in place. They are also working with the SA police. Remember that if this is happening on one stretch of road, chances are it is going to happen on others.How to stay safe(r)Road users are advised to be vigilant and drive carefully - don't speed - so that you have enough time to react before hitting the rocks. Under no circumstances should you drive over the bags or boxes. Take great care when driving at night or when visibility is poor. Keep your windows closed and your doors locked.If you are hijacked:If you are being hijacked, try to stay calm, follow instructions, but look scared. The hijacker wants to feel he has power over you. Don't stare at the hijacker – this could be interpreted as defiance. Don't argue, or scream, especially if you suspect the hijacker may have a weapon. Rather give up your car. It's worth a lot less than your life.Find our how to react in hijacking situations and to protect yourselfEnsure you have the relevant emergency numbers on speed dial on your cellphone. All emergencies from a cellphone - 112SAPS Emergencies/flying squad - 10111 Ambulance - 10177 Difficulty with emergency services - 1022 More in News Friday as safe as any other day for surgery More: NewsPublic Health advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 30 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Mental health Childhood PTSD may leave lasting imprint on brain Lifestyle Rudeness in workplace costs companies dearly Mental health New tool to predict survival odds after brain injury Mental health Surfing through selfies linked to low self-esteem Lifestyle SEE: 8 places to go hiking in South Africa this summer Medical SEE: 10 medical discoveries that changed the world From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.