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
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
- 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.