The do’s and don’ts in a hijack situation

Posted by Charl Grobler on 10 May 2017

Safety and ways to avoid a hijack situationMake your and your family’s safety your priority. Bookmark and share this anti-hijack advice - it could save lives.

As a South African motorist there’s always that niggling fear in the back of our minds; “what would I do if I got hijacked?”. It’s an unfortunate reality of life but being properly armed - with knowledge - in the case of an emergency could ultimately save your life.

In one of our recent posts, the ‘Most and least hijacked cars [list]’, we shared some hijacking statistics as well as some tips to avoid becoming a hijack victim. The following infographic will cover what to do if you do find yourself the victim of a hijacking.

Jean Berdou, the Chairperson of the Douglasdale Police Forum, was interviewed by the Fourways Review and he shared some great tips on how to react in a hijacking:

If you find yourself in a hijacking



Stay calm and non-confrontational.

Fight the hijackers to try and keep your car or other belongings.

Listen to instructions, be compliant and respectful - as hard as this might be.

Refuse to do what you’re told.

Hand over your keys.

Hesitate to react.

Remind them that you have family and loved ones back home and ask them to let you go unharmed.

Dehumanise yourself by antagonising your attackers.

Try to remember any details about your attackers (e.g. distinctive scars, height or build)

Panic, make a scene or try to get to your cellphone to call for help.

Once released, run as far away from the attackers as possible before you call for help.

Stop to call for help while the attackers are still nearby.

Report the hijacking at your local police station and insurance or tracking company as soon as possible.

Postpone reporting the event - time is of the essence when the police are working to retrieve your car.

Get trauma counselling.

Try to cope on your own. A hijacking is a scary event and you’ll need the support of your friends, family and a trauma counsellor to help you recover.

Remember, you can’t be too careful when it comes to your and your family’s safety and wellbeing, so make sure you teach all your loved ones how to react if they find themselves in a hijack situation.

Read our blog on the most and least hijacked cars in South Africa to find out  which cars  are targeted or 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.

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