We are all hearing more and more of hijackings around us in South Africa. We hear about these cases on the news and see cases all over social media platforms on a daily basis.

What preventative measures can you put in place to not become another statistic? Here are a few basic tips to follow that could very well save your life!

  • Do not get into a set routine with routes to your destination. A routine is gold to criminals who may be keeping track of your movements.
  • Be extra alert when you are close to reaching your destination. Avoid being on a cellular phone or in deep conversation with someone else in the car.
  • Make sure that your driveway is well lit both inside and outside of your property. Remove any shrubbery or other hiding spots.
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, continue driving past your destination and if necessary drive to your closest police station or a busy public area.
  • Always drive with your car doors locked and do not leave your car windows wide open.
  • Prepare yourself to take evasive action. Quick thinking can often get you out a dangerous situation.
  • Wait for your gate to open completely before turning into your driveway.
  • Keep a safe following distance from a car that could be driving slow in front of you to allow for space to
  • Keep your car doors locked at all times.

If you are caught off-guard and find yourself in a hijack situation, remember to stay calm and to cooperate with the hijackers. Do not try to retaliate or to fight for your belongings. Your life is more important…


Tips to avoid a hijacking

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