Avoid becoming a hijacking victim with these top tips
There are certain things you can do that can stop you from becoming a victim to a terrifying hijacking situation, we have done the research and put these critical steps to take for your safety
A quick look at social media, checking the news or just listening to the story of someone you know, you will start to realise that hijackings are becoming a more serious reality for all South Africans.
Being victim to a hijacking is a risk we all face just driving to and from work.
Did you know that research from 2017 showed that roughly 85 hijackings take place in South Africa every day and these numbers are rising?
While hijacking is not something you can control or predict, there are some precautions you can take to reduce your exposure to these high-risk situations.
Here’s what you can do…
1. Be aware of your surroundings
So many drivers are not aware of the things happening around them. Whether you are daydreaming or getting lost in a good song, not being vigilant of your environment can put you at risk.
Take note of any pedestrians or drivers acting suspicious and avoid them in you can.
Check your rear mirror and make sure you are not being followed.
Many hijackers will follow their potential victim to a quieter area.
If you notice a car following you, then drive to the nearest police station.
2. Hide any temptations and avoid distractions
If you are distracted by your phone, then this is not only a safety risk for an accident but being distracted can mean you miss something happening around you. Perhaps someone in front of you is getting hijacked and now the attackers are coming for you and because you are looking at your phone, you didn’t have the time you needed to drive away.
You can prevent a smash-and-grab from taking place by hiding your phone, bags like laptop bags and any other potential items that hijackers might want to steal.
3. Know the hijacking hot spots
Keep an eye out on social media and community forums about identified hot spots where smash-and-grabs regularly take place. If you can avoid these places, then do that. Otherwise, make sure you leave space between you and the car in front of you during peak traffic times and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.
4. Make sure your car is in good working order
If your car is not well looked after and up to date on its services, then you might be left in a vulnerable situation on the side of the road because of a breakdown - which is not an ideal situation to be in!
If you think about the costs of having your car stolen compared to the costs of maintenance and care for your car, having to replace your car far outweigh the costs of looking after it.
The case for car insurance
Of course, having car insurance that covers you for theft will also be a great help in the event that your car is stolen.
Comprehensive car insurance will generally provide you with the most amount of cover for incidents like theft, accident damage and hijacking.
Having a good car insurance policy will prove to be a great help when stuck on the side of the road due to a breakdown as most insurers have roadside assist as an added benefit to their insurance policies.
Top tips summary:
● Get off your phone and keep your eyes open
● Be aware of your surroundings
● Phone the SAPS if you notice any suspicious activity
● Lower your music and listen to noises around you
● Keep valuables out of sight
● Be covered with car insurance
● Keep a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you in case you need to get out in a hurry
Stay safe on our roads and make sure you are always aware of what is happening around you.
Yours in uncomplicated car insurance,