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CARJACKINGS AND HIJACKINGS

According to South African Crime Stats there’s been a 13% increase in carjackings/hijackings between April 2019 and March 2020. Hijackings take place every 32 minutes on average and it has been increasing at an alarming rate since after lockdown.

What is the difference between a carjacking and a hijacking?

During a carjacking the intend of the perpetrator/s is not only to take the vehicle but to violently cause physical harm to the driver and passenger/s.

The main goal of a hijacking is to seize the vehicle and to get away as quickly as possible and it usually involves little to no violence.

Did you know?
  • The perpetrators are usually under the age of 21.
  • It is known as a crime of opportunity and usually takes place at night and at deserted areas.
  • Poorly lit parking lots, intersections, and driveways are hotspots for carjackings.
  • 90% of all incidents involve firearms or other weapons.
  • 92% of all incidents are aimed at vehicles with only one occupant — it usually happens when the driver is approaching or getting into the vehicle.
We at Brinant Group suggest you follow these precautionary guidelines:
  • Maintain situational awareness at all times. Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Don’t use your phone while driving.
  • Stay away from poorly lit and deserted parking lots.
  • Get in and out of your vehicle with purpose.
  • Keep your doors locked and windows rolled up.
  • Try not to travel alone at night or in dangerous neighbourhoods.
  • Be on the lookout for obstacles in the road that can cause damage or obstructions.
What to do in the event of a carjacking or hijacking?
  • Try to stay calm and do not provoke the perpetrator/s.
  • Do not resist any instructions and do exactly as told.
  • Unbuckle your seatbelt with your left hand and immediately raise your hands above your head to indicate that you have no weapons on you.
  • Do not turn off the ignition.
  • If there are other passengers, instruct them to all get out at the same door in an orderly manner.
  • Should you be instructed to stay in the car and drive off, slowly drive into the car in front of you.
  • Never make eye contact.
Brinant Group urges you to stay vigilant at all times and to follow these guidelines where possible. Adhering to them could save your life.
Carjacking Statistics in South Africa

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