Protect Yourself on the Roads This Year!
The latest Vehicle Crime Index covering the second half of 2019 has been released by Tracker.
The data that gives insights into vehicle hijacking and theft in South Africa is collected from 1.1 million subscribers and reveals the following:
- Most vehicles are stolen or hijacked on a Saturday.
- A high number of hijackings also occur on a Thursday and vehicle theft increases on a Friday.
- The majority of hijackings are reported between 8 and 9 pm. This is followed by a 2 hour period between 12 noon and 2 pm regardless of the day of the week.
- Most vehicle thefts are reported between 11 am and 2 pm.
- The biggest vehicle crime hotspot is Gauteng with Johannesburg recording the largest number of hijackings and Pretoria the largest number of vehicle thefts. KwaZulu-Natal comes second and the Western Cape third - Khayelitsha being the carjack capital and Cape Town recording the most thefts.
Take note of the following tips to help avoid a highjacking:
- Be aware of anything suspicious especially when you are nearing a traffic light or getting close to your home. Try not to pull into your driveway and rather park parallel to the entrance until the gate has opened. Avoid getting boxed in and be free of any distractions like a cell phone. Ensure your driveway is brightly lit and visibility is good. If you think you are being followed drive to the nearest police station.
- Install an electric gate or garage door if you can and make sure you check behind you whilst closing it.
- Always know your route and avoid getting lost by using the vehicle navigation or GPS.
- Keep your doors locked and your windows closed when driving. Remove handbags or valuables from seats and keep them out of sight. Go as far as installing smash-and-grab window protection.
- Make sure you are able to see the tyres of the vehicle in front of you when stationary. This allows you to avoid getting boxed in.
- Slow down when approaching a red traffic light so you don’t have to come to a complete stop.
- Be cautious when filling up with fuel, especially at night. Keep your doors locked and windows closed. Keep an eye out for any suspicious behaviour.
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