The authorities and the specialists in matters of road safety consider that the decision with regards to driving at night is wrong, not only because of the regular risks of driving through freeways that are generally not well fitted for traffic or without the adequate lightning but also, because of the rise of the criminal activities availed by the darkness.
Driving in the broad daylight gives the driver ample visual scope, therefore having greater capacity to maneuver whenever a sudden situation occurs on the road.
On the other hand, the delinquents seize the hours and places where there is no police surveillance. In reality, the presence of authorities in the freeways at night is reduced to a third of the total contingent due to the distribution of labor hours, as well as other restrictions that have been imposed.
IT SEEMS LIKE AN ACCIDENT!
An assessment performed by the authorities of Zulia, Lara, Falcón, Carabobo, Miranda, Bolívar and Vargas allowed the identification of the modus operandi currently in use by the delinquency against people driving the roads. Here are a few of them:
Tacks (also known as “Miguelitos”) and other obstacles
On the road from Lara to Falcón, known as Troncal 4, and in the road to the East (Troncal 9), the Panamericana and the coast (Vargas), the delinquents put various obstacles in the areas without lightning in order to cause accidents or sudden stops to the vehicles and public transport so they can commit robbery on them. Likewise, they use devices they created, with nails or parts of welded dowels (known as “miguelitos”, in Spanish), that are used to pinch the rubber in the vehicles. Another modus operandi is to put stones painted in black on the road.
Fake control spots
The existence of fake control spots has been reported in both Zulia and Lara states, with delinquents disguising themselves as police officers and forcing travelers to stop. It is important to highlight that he fake control spots do not comply with the standards applied by the National Government in the year 2006.
Hitchhiker’s theft (asking for a ride)
Both in the road to Tucacas and the road to Henri Pittier’s National Park, some of the hitchhikers asking for a ride are accompanied by women. When a vehicle passes by a low-surveillance spot, the driver is robbed.
Delinquents passing as passengers
On the roads at the south of Bolívar state, Paraguaipoa, Tucacas and the exits from Caracas toward the East, the delinquents mixing with the passengers in the buses is a very common modus operandi. They also get on the units at unauthorized bus stops in order to steal both the passengers and the driver.
The use of lonely sightseeing spots in the road to the Vargas coast, as well as travelers stops or sides of the roads in the Troncal 10 (Bolívar state), turn drivers and travelers into easy prey for the criminals.
Cases on the highway to the East (between Guatire and Caucagua), regarding travelers, both in bikes and cars, that have been victims of theft by packs of armed bikers that left them without their vehicles, have been recently reported. They surrounded the victims in order to force them to stop.
WORD OF ADVICE
If you decide to travel at night, do it in groups and check your vehicle before departure. Make sure you take lanterns and a first aid kid with you.