Hijacking is a very real and dangerous possibility in South Africa, and the risk only increases over the holiday season. Share these tips with your loved ones to keep everyone as safe as possible.
According to the most recent Victims of Crime Survey released by Statistics SA, there has been a slight decline in overall crime across South Africa, but there has been a steep increase in the number of hijackings between April 2016 and March 2017, by as much as 93%. The exact figures vary depending on which survey you reference, but there is consensus that hijackings have certainly increased at an alarming rate.
Motorists therefore need to be extra vigilant, especially over the festive season when crime and hijackings tend to spike. No matter what your age or what vehicle you drive, it is always a good idea to attend a hijacking prevention course. There are many fantastic courses available (many vehicle manufacturers offer them as well), so do a little research and find one that suits you.
Another excellent resource is Arrive Alive, where you can find information on – and prevention tips for – different types of hijackings. The below tips are some key highlights that all motorists (drivers and passengers) should keep in mind, especially since hijacking incidents seem to be on the rise.
For some helpful advice on avoiding a hijacking, you can download this inforgraphic for some top tips on avoiding a hijacking - we hope you find these helpful.
Here's a useful guide to help you to troubleshoot some common car problems, so that you know whether or not you need to contact a mechanic. It also covers a variety of driver safety tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.