The 2017/18 SA Crime Stats make for some difficult reading, outlining just how much trouble our country is in. Cape Town and Johannesburg frequently rub shoulders with the cities of troubled countries such as Venezuela, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico in many Top 15 most dangerous cities in the world lists.
South Africa as a country, according to publications such as Forbes, doesn’t fare much better, often ranked as one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
Certainly, car hijacking is one of the biggest threats that South Africans face, day in and day out as we venture out into what Minister of Police, Bheki Cele , recently called ‘close to a war zone.’
Hijacking is a booming business, with low life criminals and syndicates targeting innocent victims anywhere from their very own driveways to shopping malls to schools to red light robots. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, or if there are witnesses, or if your children are in the car with you – the common South African criminal is a debased, brazen degenerate.
The recent crime stats, released in September, revealed that as many as 45 carjackings are committed each and every day.
In recently speaking to eNCA, Phillip Opperman, South African president of the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, said that there are typically two categories of vehicles being hijacked in South Africa.
While it is important to remember that no particular car is popular, as such, Opperman has highlighted three specific SUVs which have proven to be targeted above all others. These are:
According to Opperman, as technology increases, hijackers are no longer able to deploy tricks to steal unattended cars, and have to resort to hijacking them instead. Opperman also added that incidences of hijacked motorists being held hostage and forced to withdraw money from an ATM have also seen a huge increase.
Opperman added that there has been an increase in the number of incidences where hijacked motorists are held hostage and forced to withdraw money from an ATM by the hijackers.
Cars that act as additional revenue are seen as a bonus, and while one criminal attempts to uninstall the vehicle’s tracking device, others will search the vehicle and its occupants for additional valuables.
Despite this, Opperman insists that 87% of vehicles hijacked with a tracking device are recovered, and so it is still valuable to have one.
Try to identify any useful information about the hijackers without staring at them. The make, model, colour or licence plate number of their car. Any distinguishable features. This will help you later on, when you go to the police.