Stay safe on South Africa's roads with these top anti-hijacking tips from iWYZE.

Three steps to avoid becoming a hijack victim

It’s not something any of us like to think about, but the unfortunate reality is that it’s on the rise in South Africa. It’s car hijacking, and over the past year, it’s increased by 14.2% around the country.

Over the past 12 months, South Africa has seen 12,773 reported car hijackings – a number that equates to one hijacking every 41 minutes. So while most of us choose to believe it’s an event that could never happen to us, the statistics unfortunately tell a different story.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that just by following a few simple guidelines, you could help decrease your chances of being hijacked, and stay safe on South Africa’s roads.

Hijack Tip #1: Be aware of your surroundings

There are number of cunning strategies employed by hijackers in order to surprise and surround you – however simply by staying vigilant you can avoid becoming a target. In order to ensure you don’t become a hijack statistic, stay alert at all times, and watch out for:

  • Stranded motorists
  • Someone who you think may have caused a collision with you on purpose
  • Suspicious or sharp objects placed near your vehicle
  • A flat tyre on your car, or a missing number plate
  • Objects that may be thrown through your open window
  • People who approach you when you are stopped at a stop sign or traffic light
  • Suspicious people near your gate or driveway as you enter or exit your home
  • Vehicles you think may be following you, or attempting to box you in
  • Any suspicious-looking people or vehicles close to you as you load or unload shopping from your car

Hijack Tip #2: Avoid hijacking hot spots

According to recent crime statistics, by far the worst hijacking hot spots in South Africa are to be found in Gauteng, with 6 867 incidents having taken place in the province over the past year. Of course, if you live in Gauteng, it’s impossible to avoid the province altogether, however no matter where you live, there are measures you can take to stay safe regardless. Be on the lookout for suspicious activity and exercise caution in:

  • Car parks, driveways, and apartment complexes
  • The parking lot at your place of employment
  • Your gate and driveway at home
  • Parking areas at large events, such as sporting activities, concerts, etc
  • Dimly lit areas

Hijack Tip #3: Always keep valuables out of sight

It may seem like an obvious tip, but often keeping your valuables hidden can make the difference between your car being targeted or ignored. Keep these tips in mind when next you get behind the wheel, and keep your family and your vehicle safe:

  • Lock your handbag and any laptops/tablets, etc. in your boot before travelling
  • Keep your cellphone hidden out of sight
  • Ensure your windows are up, and your car doors locked at all times
  • Install anti-smash and grab film on your windows
  • Install a car alarm, immobiliser and tracking device on your vehicle
  • Never check your phone at a stop light (it is illegal to do so, regardless)
  • Honk your hooter if you feel you are in any danger
  • Always approach your vehicle with your keys already in hand
  • Reverse park where you can in order to be prepared for a speedy exit

Protect your vehicle and yourself with car insurance from iWYZE

Of course it’s worth remembering that should the worst ever happen, your life is worth more than your vehicle. And if you’ve made the smart choice and taken out a car insurance policy with iWYZE, we’ll do everything we can to get you back on the road in no time. Give yourself the added protection of a car insurance policy from iWYZE today – simply call us for a car insurance quote on 0860 63 33 39, submit your details, or get a
quick quote online, and enjoy complete peace of mind no matter where life takes you.

References:

  1. https://arrivealive.co.za/Hijacking-and-Road-Safety
  2. http://businesstech.co.za/news/general/103487/find-out-where-south-africas-worst-hijack-hotspots-are-in-2015/