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As the lockdown restrictions are reduced across South Africa, more significant opportunities exist for criminals to hijack cars. No wonder hijackings have increased. Discover more about hijacking trends in South Africa as you read on.1,2
According to these criminals, the best protection a motorist can get is to not be conspicuous. Another way is not to stop at traffic lights or stop streets, especially at night. Instead, travel slowly towards a red traffic light to turn green by the time you arrive there. A moving car is not an attractive target.
Police Minister Bheki Cele stated that hijackings have risen by 92% from April to 30 June 2021 compared to the same time in 2020. The increase in Gauteng was a staggering 97.8%, involving 2704 cases. Women drivers are targeted the most as they are considered soft targets.
This is a serious trend that is particularly prevalent in Braamfontein, Mayfair and Maboneng. A typical modus operandi is that a woman summons an Uber driver. Upon arrival, she opens the door but disappears to let in gunmen who then hijack the car.
According to an undated article by www.profitableventure.com, 2 a vehicle is hijacked every 32 minutes or 46 per day in South Africa.
Usually in places where a car is stationary, such as when a driver is filling up with petrol in a garage. Petrol attendants won't interfere with such hijackers as they are armed. Hijackers also visit restaurants and clubs to find a soft target. After lacing someone’s drinks, they can take off with the car keys. What is of greater concern is that hijackers have been found wearing police and traffic officer uniforms. Once someone has stopped, they force the driver out of the car.
The most hijacked cars are the Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux, and Volkswagen Polo. You are targeted if you drive a sedan or hatchback, while bakkies are the second most hijacked. Car thefts and hijackings are directly related to your car’s popularity.
These are Peugeot (308 model), Alfa Romeo (Giulietta), Volvo (V40), Mitsubishi (Outlander), Honda (Civic), Nissan Infiniti (Q50), Subaru (Outback), Toyota Lexus (IS), and Citroen (C4 Picasso)
Please note, this article can only be a source of information. Please consult a registered financial service provider for more information before buying any car insurance product.
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