Tips on how to avoid a Hijack situation

Hijacking is not a new or unique problem to South Africa.

The first hijacking was recorded in 1984.

Between January and August 1996, there were 8 740 hijackings in South Africa, of which 5 251 were in

Gauteng.

Hijacking is also not only a problem just associated with industrial areas; e.g. Wadeville in Germiston, but

rather a problem associated with the availability of a certain of vehicle.

In 90% of these cases the hijackers were armed, although only 1% of attacks involved a fatal shooting. This

means that the better prepared a potential victim is, the greater probability of the person surviving the attack

with limited physical injury

Take Precautions:

  • Be familiar with your environment.
  • Get to know who belongs in the vicinity of your home or workplace, and who does not.
  • Keep your eyes open for anything out of the ordinary.
  • Lock all doors and close windows before driving off.
  • Try to vary your route to work, the gym – all places you travel to regularly.
  • Hijackers are professionals too; they plan their attacks carefully.
  • Ensure all your mirrors are adjusted to give you an optimal all-round view of your surroundings.
  • Try to stop about 5m behind the car in front of you at a stop sign or traffic light – it makes for an easy getaway if trouble arises.

Don’t Be Fooled By:

  • False appeals for help.
  • “Accidents” such as having you car rammed from behind.
  • Someone trying to get help from a stationary car.
  • your electric gates being jammed

How to reduce the risk

While there is no guarantee what action will prevent hijacking, practising the following common sense

techniques can reduce the risk:

When Entering Your Vehicle and While Driving:

  • Have your key ready, but not visible.
  • Inspect the outside and inside of the vehicle before unlocking.
  • Know your destination and directions to it, and be alert should you get lost.
  • Always drive with your windows and doors locked and/or closed.
  • Make a mental note of any Police Stations in the vicinity while driving.
  • When dropping a passenger off, make sure that they are safely in their own vehicles before departing.
  • Avoid driving through high crime or unfamiliar areas.
  • Avoid driving late at night at/or the early hours of the morning when the roads are quiet.
  • Drive in the centre lane away from pedestrians where possible.
  • If possible, never drive alone.
  • NEVER, EVER pick up hitchhikers.
  • Never follow routine routes when driving; change on a regular basis.
  • Do not leave windows open more than 5cm.