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In South Africa, hijacking is a crime of preference, which has evolved into a fine art, often performed in the wink of an eye.
It’s a situation none of us would want to face, but when it does happen it’s important to know how best to react. According to experts, fighting back is not the answer. No car is ever worth your, or someone else’s life.
Hijackers will not hesitate to kill the driver and occupants of a vehicle to get hold of vehicle or payload, or both. Vehicles seized during hijackings are frequently used to commit others like cash-in-transit heists or kidnappings. Most hijacked vehicles are, however, delivered to syndicates who dismantle, re-sprayed, change engine and chassis numbers of the stolen vehicles and then smuggle them to neighbouring countries. Here they are sold and registered, using fraudulent documentation and often help from inside the registering authority. Many stolen vehicles are also sold and registered in the same manner locally.
Tips to avoid a potential hijacking situation
2 km from your destination, be extra alert. Avoid distractions and concentrate on your surroundings.
Do not station your vehicle into your driveway until your gate is open, wait in the road parallel to your driveway, ready to go at any moment, while the gate opens.
Always plan your route in advance and try avoid traveling in unfamiliar areas.
If possible, try avoid from driving alone, especially late at night or early in the morning when it is still dark
Check your driveway and street before you leave or enter your premises. Make sure the driveway is well lit and clear from shrubbery where perpetrators can hide.
When coming to a stop at an intersection, always leave enough space between your vehicle and the one in front of you so you have room to manoeuvre.
If a suspicious person bumps your vehicle from behind, don’t get out. Rather drive to the nearest police station
Avoid get out of your vehicle to remove pamphlets from under your wipers. This is a perfect opportunity for vehicle hijacking.
To prevent smash and grab incidents, keep your car window a slightly open (between 2-5 cm). It is more difficult to break than an entirely closed window.
Never leave valuable possessions in sight. It’s an open invitation to criminals to break your window and gain entry to your car.
And this may sound obvious but so many drivers neglect to do it: Always lock your doors!
Things to remember in a hijacking situation
Try to remain as calm as possible throughout the incident.
Don’t antagonise or argue with the hijacker(s),especially if the hijacker(s) have a weapon.
Surrender your vehicle and move away. Try to put as much distance between yourself and the hijacker(s) as quickly as possible.
Don’t make eye contact. The hijacker(s) may perceive this behaviour as a threat and retaliate aggressively.
Gather as much information as possible without posing a threat.
Contact the police as soon as you are able to and try to provide them with as much information as possible (model, colour and registration of vehicle and any specific details about the hijacker(s).
Activate the vehicle tracking device if the vehicle is fitted with one.
Remember your vehicle and other possessions are replaceable but a life is not. The primary objective should is getting yourself and your family out of the vehicle as quickly and safely as possible.
NOSA Logistics offers a comprehensive anti-hijacking workshop, designed to equip learner’s with practical exercises and solutions to avoid a possible hijacking situation. Intense focus is placed on the learner’s assertiveness of his/her everyday environment.
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