July 6, 2017
Ctrack has released its latest hijacking and theft report, detailing the most hijacked cars and hijacking hotspots in South Africa.
The company lists the most-hijacked vehicles as:
VW Polo – Passenger vehicle
Toyota Fortuner – SUV
Ford – Third most-targeted manufacturer
The data coincides with the best-selling cars in South Africa as of May 2017, it said.
The top five hijacking hotspots in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape are:
Herewith a few anti-hijacking tips from News24;
1. Always leave your window approx. 5cm open – if the window is totally closed, it is easier for them to break!
2. Don’t race to the robot if it is red – you get hijacked only when the car is stationary – thus glide to the red robot, so there is only a short time until the robot turns green.
3. Be very aware when going under bridges – they drop stones onto your windscreen etc. forcing you to stop.
4. When the gun is put to your window – put both hands up facing him – always allow him to see your hands otherwise he thinks you are looking around for a gun and will shoot
5. If you have a kid, always put their car seat behind the driver’s seat, it is easier to get him out the car if he is behind you than having to lean over and take him out the passenger side or walk around the car to take him out the back seat behind the passenger seat.
6. When driving up to your house, never park in your driveway facing the gate, they can park behind you and park you in – making it easier to get what they want. Always stop in the road until the gate is open before you turn into your driveway. That way, should anything look suppositious, you can drive off.
Remember to be aware of your surroundings at all times, be safe!