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ISS: Hijackings 3 times more common than in 2011

The Institute for Security Studies says hijackings have increased by 50% each year for the last six years.

Hijacking hot spot sign.Picture: Stock.xchng

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies says that hijackings in the country are now three times more common than in 2011, claiming that this is due to a failing police crime intelligence.

A video has been making the rounds on social media showing criminals effortlessly hijacking a man at a petrol station in Honeydew in front of staff members.

The institute says that hijackings have increased by 50% each year for the last six years.

Researcher Johan Burger says: “What we’ve been calling for… for a long time now, is that police need a proper strategy to deal with organised crime syndicate.”

In the latest crime statistics from the South African Police Service, 12,743 cars were reported hijacked to the police between April and December 2016. This was up by 1,657 for the same period in the previous year.

According to the statistics, half of the hijackings were committed in Gauteng.

Based on the information, the National Hijack Prevention Academy has compiled a list of South Africa's hijacking hotspots.

JOHANNESBURG:

  • Booysen Road/M1 (off-ramp)

  • Nelson Mandela Bridge

  • Wolmarans (between Claim and Nugget)

  • Houghton Drive/M1 (off-ramp)

  • Empire/M1 (off-ramp)

  • Kyalami Drive

  • New Road/N1 (intersection)

  • Beyers Naude/N1 (off-ramp)

  • Rivonia/N1 (off-ramp)

  • Grayston Drive (Corners of Rivonia and 11th)

  • Jan Smuts/William Nicol (Hyde Park split)

  • Yeoville Precinct

  • Hillbrow Precinct

PRETORIA:

  • Lynwood Road

  • Garsfontein Road

  • Simon Vermooten Road

  • Malibongwe Drive

  • Schoeman Street

CAPE TOWN:

  • Voortrekker Road

  • Alice Street

  • Vanguard Drive

DURBAN:

  • West Street

  • Warwick Avenue

HOW TO AVOID A HIJACKING

  • Always travel with your car doors locked.

  • Leave enough room between your car and the one in front of you to avoid being boxed in. Make sure you can see where the tyres of the car in front make contact with the road.

  • Attract the attention of other motorists or pedestrians if you think you are in danger. You can use the hooter, flash your lights, put your emergency lights on or shout.

  • Be aware of anybody who approaches your car or is loitering near traffic lights, stop streets, parking areas or your driveway.

  • If you suspect that you are being followed, you should ideally drive to the nearest police station. If this is not possible, drive to a safe place, but don't go home.

  • Don't enter your garage or a parking area if you believe you are being followed. Drive to the nearest police station.

  • Don't stop if, for example, a passer-by indicates that your car has a flat tyre or other defect. Drive to the nearest service station or safe area and check it there.

  • Don't tell strangers your movements or plans.

  • Don't pick up hitchhikers or unknown people.

  • Don't leave your car door open and the engine running while opening your garage door or gates. Criminals act quicker than you would expect.

Additional reporting by Refilwe Pitjeng

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)