So, you’ve decided to trade in car for a new one – maybe your car trade in value seemed worth it at the time. Perhaps you’ve made your very first car buy. Or maybe you’re planning to do one of the above. But, there’s a reason why the metaphor, “timing is everything”, exists; and it’s definitely one to consider in South Africa’s current climate.
Hijacking has been rampant across South Africa for decades and statistics are only enhancing – a 14.5% increase since 2016, according to the country’s annual crime rates report.
The report has revealed that at least 46 get hijacked on a daily basis; of which more than half of the hijacking events occur in Gauteng.
Credit: Crime Intelligence Bureau South Africa
With these top #10 tips, you can be sure to reduce your risks of hijacking in South Africa:
#10 At a petrol station – if you’re going to leave it unattended, make sure it’s locked.
#9 Unexpected events – keep a notebook and pen to jot down necessary information, as well as your ID and driver’s license, of course.
#8 On a deserted road – avoid stopping. You never know who or what may pop out of nowhere.
#7 Encountering obstacles – do not stop to remove it.
#6 Opening windows – if you’re going to keep any windows open, try to open it 3cm so the window can absorb any sudden impact.
#5 Approaching strangers – if they do not want to stop hassling you, drive-off as soon as possible if you can or use your hooter to attract attention.
#4 Driving at night – approach red traffic lights slowly.
#3 Driving with visible valuables – keep all valuables out of site and in your vehicle boot.
#2 At the traffic lights – keep your windows closed, doors locked and do not accept anything from people standing around.
#1 6th sense – if you feel as though someone is following you, drive to your nearest police station.
With no guarantee to safety on South African roads, other than being vigilant and cautious, we urge car owners to reduce their risk of becoming victim to car crimes, start thinking about selling your car and make use of safer ways to commute – like taking a bus, train or taxi.