As long as there is endless traffic at strategic places in Lagos state, there is always a risk of passengers getting robbed, injured or worse, killed. Traffic robbery increases by the day but people can only be warned to be careful and watchful.
However, most of these devilish activities are carried out at nights as innocent lives are lost, people left stranded on major roads/highways as well as leaving people injured. The police have intervened by staying at some dangerous locations where these acts are carried out but people still need to be cautious of their movements.
So, Legit.ng has brought you tips that can help you avoid being robbed in traffic especially at nights:
1. Avoid lonely highways:
Over the years, there have been series of reports about people getting robbed on the highway. These are strategic positions where the robbers are aware of their victims not being able to get help from passersby. Unfortunately this unfortunate incident can take place mostly at nights and few times during the day.
2. Avoid staying out late:
Another way to avoid being robbed in traffic is to stop keeping late nights. There are also cases of daylight robberies but you will agree that getting robbed at night is rampant. Outings that lead to moving at odd times of the night include clubbing, meetings and much more.
3. Don’t talk to strangers:
We are living in the time where people believe in voodoo (fetish items/charms), so in order not to get robbed in traffic, avoid speaking with strangers who might have used voodoo to talk to prospective robbery victims. Sometimes robbers come to you disguising to be friendly while seeking for directions or information about something.
4. Avoid making use of your phones:
A lot of people have been robbed in traffic via the use of their mobile phones. In order to be safe, avoid the temptation of bringing out your phones (especially smartphones) from your bags/pockets till you get to your destination. This attracts robbers who wait till traffic hours to carry out their evil acts.
5. Board buses only from the park:
Over the years, people have been advised to board vehicles from the park because they are easily traceable in case any unfortunate incident comes up. These buses are usually registered at their various parks, so you have a place to take the police to when you have a case to report. However, some people are so much in a hurry that they board vehicles by the roadsides and fall into unworthy hands.
6. Take off flashy jewelries at night:
Walking around rocking flashy and expensive jewelries is not your best at nights. The glitters coming from your fashion pieces can attract a robber to you or your vehicle. Please be conscious at all times.
7. Don’t move around with so much cash:
Many have fallen victims of being robbed all their cash either in their private cars or commercial vehicles. Everyone is going cashless, so it is advisable that you move around with less cash as well as your ATM cards so if your money is taken, they won’t force you to give them your ATM pin at gun point and still take the savings you have left.
8. Hold your purse or backpack in front of you:
Aside from being stuck in traffic, as long as you are not in your own car, you must learn to keep your backpacks where you can see them. Having them strapped to your back might not be a good idea when walking in the street as anyone can take them away from you.
Your purse should also be kept somewhere and not your trouser back pockets where it can be reached easily.
9. Have a gas spray in your hand:
It is very essential to have a gas or pepper spray in your bags because you can't tell hen this will come in helpful. Once you are attacked by robbers and you easily reach for the spray, target their eyes. Immediately this has been sprayed in their eyes, it becomes easy for you to escape.
10. Don't try to fight back:
Once you are being attacked or out numbered, never try to fight back because this can make him/them angry.
Note: Be conscious at all times!