Holidaying motorists should be on their guard against thieves who use their tyres to trick them into being robbed.
Travellers lose billions of pounds each year to series of scams, cons and tricks – the majority of which occur in foreign destinations when people are at their most vulnerable.
Here are just two examples:
Tyres – you are driving along the motorway when a driver draws alongside you, pointing to one of your tyres and gesturing to you to pull over. You stop on the hard shoulder and the other driver kindly pulls over to help. While you inspect the tyre, he lifts all your valuables from the front seat.
Flyers – another version of the scam is you return to your parked car and get in, only to see a flyer stuck under the rear window wiper obscuring your view. So you jump out to remove it, thieves nip in and grab your valuables or drive off in the car – more than likely taking your bag/shopping with it.
Tips – if you fear you have a flat tyre, try to continue until the next service station. If you do have to remove the flier, ensure your valuables are hidden. In both cases, always keep the car locked.
Denna Bowman, Head Office