Police give driving advice after attempted car-jacking


Two men have attempted to hi-jack a woman’s car as she was driving in Belfast.

Detectives are appealing for information following the incident in the York Road area on Wednesday 10 December.

Police said that at approximately 6.50pm, one of two men standing by the roadside attempted to open the doors of a red Honda Civic while it was static in a traffic queue heading for the motorway.

After finding that the doors were locked the men made off on foot. The lady driver was not injured.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Reid said: “We always adopt a rigorous investigative process to any hijacking incident. I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information which may be of assistance to contact Police on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

He added: “I would also encourage motorists to consider car security at all times, especially over Christmas and New Year period when traffic is heavy, to follow the steps outlined below.”

:: Keep your doors locked.

:: Keep your windows up at all times.

:: Keep all valuables out of sight.

:: Park in areas or car parks has good lighting.

:: Do not be distracted by listening to music or talking on your phone as this will distract you from potential threats.

:: Always be alert and aware of your surroundings when approaching your parked vehicle.

:: Never leave your keys in the ignition or the engine running in an unattended vehicle and always lock your car.

:: Report anything suspicious to the police immediately.

:: Further crime prevention advice is available on the PSNI website under “safety when driving” he added.