What's The Hijacking Stats In Your Province?
Here’s How many Cars Are Hijacked In South Africa By Province
31 October 2017 / Brandon Lee Westraat
Yes Guys we are going to address this besides storms rocking the north and droughts wrecking the south we still live in the ever exciting South Africa. And whether you are living on the coasts of KZN or the CBD of Cape Town, Hijacking is a real threat and I thought and since we are entering the Christmas season, it's a good time to talk about this. Not to mention the jolly season is also the season with the highest number of vehicle thefts, accidents, and hijacking.
This past year marks the highest rate of hijacking so far with 16 717 cars stolen between April of last year and March 2017. A massive jump from last years 14 602 cars stolen, with only three provinces escaping the climbing stats and actually decreased in the number of carjackings: Northern Cape, Free State, And the Eastern Cape.
On the other end of the spectrum the three provinces that went up, way up in percentage of theft. And they are Gauteng with a 16.% increase, Kwa-Zulu Natal With a 21.5% increase and Mpumalanga with a 28.8% increase.
Check Out These Two Infographics for the numbers...
So I urge you to keep safe this festive season and for just a little bit of help here are 14 tips you can follow to avoid a hijacking:
1 When approaching your vehicle, keep your key ready but not visible. Unlock your car when you're close by. 2 Check the rear seat before getting into your car. 3 A well-maintained car is less likely to break down and leave you vulnerable. 4 Plan your route and let someone know what your route is and when to expect you at your destination. 5 Always check the rear-view mirror to see if you are being followed. 6 Avoid driving with your windows open and keep the doors locked. Put all valuables out of sight. 7 Avoid distractions while driving such as using a cellphone. 8 If you suspect you are being followed, drive to your nearest police station or a busy public area. 9 When approaching a red traffic light, slow down so that you only reach it when it turns green. 10 Make sure your driveway is well lit and clear of shrubbery. 11 If possible, park in a central, well-lit place, preferably with guards on duty. 12 When stopping behind another vehicle, leave half a vehicle length in front so you can make an emergency escape if necessary. 13 Change your routes and your schedule if possible on a regular basis. 14 Make arriving at your destination safer by calling ahead and asking someone to open and close your gate for you.