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Leaving Car Unattended Outside of the Park

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Re: Leaving Car Unattended Outside of the Park

Unread post by Hippotragus » Wed Oct 02, 2013 4:46 pm

LeftyLynn - I'm sure you will have a wonderful trip and many happy memories to take home with you.

The main thing about security here is to keep your wits about you and don't make it easy for them - then they will go for an easier target. As everyone has said, keep valuables either on you or out of sight in the car. When driving, keep the doors locked and windows shut (not in Kruger - there have your windows open to hear and smell what is going on in the bush!).

Yes, watch our for our furry friends - they are very quick to snatch things from open cars, open chalets and at picnic sites!
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Re: Leaving Car Unattended Outside of the Park

Unread post by VicRob » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:14 am

Hi all

I found this interesting reading. I do have to admit that when we do our big shop in Malelane I go in and get the food while hubby waits in the car with the gear.

We have everything hidden and have never felt anything but secure on our trips and yet we still do that. I think however it may have come from way back on our first trip to SA when we took all those recommended precautions which included not to leave valuables in the car even if hidden.

So even though all the paranoia that was hoisted on us before we went the first time has now gone, I guess something still holds us back from leaving the car unattended, especially with our pretty valuable camera gear.

However you know when I think about it, I don't think I would leave all that stuff unattended in my car right here at home either, so maybe I am just paranoid :redface: or its just the unthinkable thought of losing any of our stuff at the start of our long trip that just makes me pretty cautious. I think we will always do it that way no matter where we are.
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Re: Leaving Car Unattended Outside of the Park

Unread post by arks » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:30 pm

Since I travel solo, I don't have the option of leaving someone to guard my car whilst doing my shopping. I'm careful to keep all valuables hidden in the boot, but sometimes I have an 'overflow' of grocery bags that are visible on the floor of the back seat. I'm happy to report that even so, I've never had any problems, shopping centre/mall car parks with car guards and plenty of shopper traffic seem to be 'safe'. It's still always wise to be careful, but I think also no need to be overly anxious so long as you don't leave anything really valuable/tempting in view.
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