Much has been said about security in South Africa at the time of the World Cup. The average football supporter need not be overly cautious and worry about wearing bullet proof vests etc. Sporting events such as the Confederations Cup, Lions Rugby Tour and the IPL cricket tournament have proved that South Africa is well capable of hosting International Sporting Events.
But what if you are the executive of a multi-million dollar company and the lives of tens of thousands of employees and family members depend on your well-being? The harsh reality is that, even if the dangers of hijacking might be very remote – we cannot wish them away – and there are options to consider enhancing your safety…
What is the best way to protect vehicle occupants against hijackings?
Armoured vehicles are not new to our own country and need not be massively large vehicles which are difficult to drive. The ArmorMax range of vehicle protection has been introduced to South Africa with the help of Investment Cars in Bryanston.
These vehicles are on average at least 40%- 60% lighter than anything the market has ever known. And it is absolutely invisible, as the rebated and curved laminated glass fits the design contours perfectly. The specialists will tell you, having invisible armour is one of the first principles of safety. Else, you might as well paint a bull’s eye on your dashboard.
Why the decision to use ArmorMax?
ArmorMax was chosen as the ideal level of protection for the South African market, where curbside highjackings pose the biggest threat. It might be important to share a brief description of the technology used and protection provided:
With a lightweight solution aimed at a B4 level of security, every piece of glass on your vehicles is replaced with a bullet-proof layer, and the passenger compartment is cocooned in impenetrable materials. That is, impenetrable to handguns up to a .44 Magnum, one of the most powerful handguns on the market. The laminated glass sounds different when you tap on the outside when on the inside.
The outside layers absorb the initial impact and spray back shards that might be lethal to a close-up assailant. The inner layers are flexible and contain the rest of the energy while bending as far as necessary to make sure no impact blasts through to the passenger compartment. On the chassis and doors, old-fashioned steel has been replaced by an amazing material developed to maintain design principles such as the maintenance of performance and appearance. This lightweight, synthetic fibre laminate, made out of polycarbons, looks like a doormat, yet can withstand the impact and penetration of most bullets.
Local agent Investment Cars decided to kick off ArmorMax by stocking up for seven of the most popular models on Johannesburg roads. No, not their Lamborghini’s nor their Porsches. But if you own a Range Rover, a Jeep Cherokee, BMW X5, Volvo XE90, Toyota Landcruiser or a Mercedes ML, S or E class, you can drive in for a ready-fit armour solution that will only take a few days. And when planning the purchase of a new vehicle, speak to Grant Anderson at Investment Cars, as both finance and insurance options will accommodate your investment in private armour.