Hijackings might seem like an unplanned crime. Experts believe that car robberies are increasingly becoming organised syndicates. These criminal groups are thought to plan each step for every hijacking meticulously. They will often, not think twice about using extreme violence to get what they need.
We, at Rodel4U, care about your safety. Below we discuss the general weapons used and the average time of day they take place. We also give you mindful tips to help prevent hijackings.
General weapons used during hijackings
According to the National Hijack Prevention Academy, firearms are used in most hijackings. The distribution of illegal guns in South Africa is disturbing. This has a worrying influence on the increase in hijackings. Smaller illegal firearms emerge from several sources. They are usually looted from government armouries. Stolen from government forces. Bought from corrupt soldiers and taken from private owners. Firearms most used are pistols and revolvers. A minute/ small percentage of hijackings are committed using knives, high calibre guns and shotguns.
The rewards seem to outweigh the risk of arrest for the criminals involved. Criminals will do anything to get their victim’s vehicle. The weapons mentioned above can cause serious injury.
Times of day that Hijackings usually occur
Most hijackings are reported during any day of the week between:
- 8 pm and 9 pm
- 12 pm and 2 pm
Weekends generally have a lower hijacking rate. This is likely because perpetrators use these days to check their stocks. They also use the time to place any needed orders by Monday.
There are many different types of hijackings:
Freight Hijacking – A business vehicle is hijacked not only to obtain the car but also its contents/ Cargo, which can be of great value. Often, the Cargo is of more interest to the hijacker than the vehicle.
Transport Hijacking – The car is taken for the sole purpose of using it as transport during other crimes such as drug crimes, burglaries and bank robberies. These cars are probably later destroyed for spare parts or discarded.
Showmanship Hijacking – Some gangs operate out of audacity. They act as if it is an adventurous thing to do. Peer pressure is usually high, and individuals may be pressured into dangerous approaches. Thus, intimidation and vandalism are associated with this crime.
Operational Hijacking – A group work together in a more structured way. They usually have obtained contacts whom they liaise with. Dealers generally receive and pay cash for stolen vehicles or spare parts.
Syndicate Hijacking – This type of hijacking is the most organised. This type usually has strong connections. A network of hijacking groups is developed with a coordinator, planning out work so that he remains out of view. This makes finding and arresting the leader challenging.
Additionally, a syndicate is often supported by large amounts of money. This is especially true if international links are involved.
The insight into hijackings in South Africa is terrifying. We have listed some prevention tips below.
How to prevent hijackings while you are out and about:
- Be extra alert. Switch off your radio and focus on your surroundings.
- Check your rear-view mirror to ensure you are not being followed.
- Never sit in a parked vehicle without being aware of your surroundings.
We hope the above will be helpful to you.
How to prevent hijackings from occurring near your home:
- Make sure your driveway is well lit as perpetrators thrive in the dark
- Also, ensure your driveway is clear of shrubbery where perpetrators could hide.
- Check your driveway and road before you leave or enter your property.
- Be aware of unknown hawkers close to your home. Rather drive past and go home later.
- Please have a look inside and outside of the car before unlocking it.
- Make sure nobody is hiding inside your vehicle before you enter.
- You must never offer lifts to hitchhikers
- Make a mental note of any police stations nearby
- Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, in case of an emergency.
You must be mindful of the above tips. We are living in tough times. Our Brokers at Rodel will be happy to give you more tips if the need arises.
We suggest that you purchase Comprehensive cover for your vehicle. This will give you complete coverage in the case of a hijacking.
If your vehicle is hijacked or stolen, immediately get support from the Rodel4U Emergency app. Then report it at a police station. Make sure you have your vehicle’s details Handy: model, colour, vehicle identification and registration numbers. All this needs to be available to assist with your car’s recovery.
We hope that you are staying safe.