It’s no secret that cars are one of the most popular forms of transportation on the planet. And with more people than ever living in urban areas, cars are also more popular than ever as a form of theft. In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at the 10 most hijacked cars in South Africa. From luxury SUVs to compact sedans, read on to learn all about the vehicles that have been targeted by thieves over the past year or so.
What are hijackings?
Hijackings are a criminal act in which one person takes another person against their will, usually by force or the threat of force. This can be done for the purpose of robbery, extortion, or kidnapping.
In South Africa, hijackings are relatively common. In 2015 alone, there were 1,162 hijackings reported to police. This is an increase from 2014 when there were 1,110 hijackings reported. The majority (66%) of all hijackings in South Africa take place in Gauteng province.
Most hijackings take place during daylight hours and frequently involve firearms being used to take control of the vehicle. The average ransom demanded is R1 million ($100,000).
Why do people hijack cars?
Most people hijack cars for financial or personal gain. Some people do it because they are bored or have nothing else to do.Others do it to get away from police. There are a few reasons why someone might want to hijack a car:
– To get money
– To take hostages
– To steal items from the car
The 10 most hijacked cars in South Africa
South Africa is home to a high number of car hijackings, as criminals are often looking for easier ways to make money. Here are the 10 most hijacked cars in South Africa:
1. Ford Falcon
2. Toyota Corolla
3. VW Golf
4. Nissan Maxima
5. Ford Ranger
6. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR
7. Honda Civic
8. Mazda MX-5 Miata
9. Audi A4 Quattro S4 Sportback
10. Renault Clio
The Top 5 Hijacked Cars in South Africa
1. Toyota Corolla – The Toyota Corolla is the most popular car in South Africa and is often hijacked for joyriding or to carry out a robbery.
2. Nissan Maxima – The Nissan Maxima is the second most popular car in South Africa, and is also frequently hijacked for joyriding or to carry out a robbery.
3. Ford Fiesta – The Ford Fiesta is the third most popular car in South Africa, and is also frequently hijacked for joyriding or to carry out a robbery.
4. Honda Civic – The Honda Civic is the fourth most popular car in South Africa, and is also frequently hijacked for joyriding or to carry out a robbery.
5. Hyundai Elantra – The Hyundai Elantra is the fifth most popular car in South Africa, and is also frequently hijacked for joyriding or to carry out a robbery
What to do if you’re driving a hijacked car
If you are driving a hijacked car, the best thing to do is to stay calm and drive to the nearest safe place. Try not to draw attention to yourself or your car. If you can, try to contact the police or your insurance company.
How to protect yourself while driving
When you’re driving in South Africa, it’s important to remember that cars can be hijacked at any time. Here are some tips to help protect yourself:
1. Always keep your windows up and your doors locked when you’re driving. This way, if someone does try to hijack your car, they’ll have a harder time getting inside.
2. If you see someone suspicious or dangerous driving in your vicinity, pull over and call the police. They’ll be able to track down the driver and potentially prevent a hijacking from happening.
3. always drive with caution, especially during rush hour traffic. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t let yourself get too caught up in the rush. If something feels wrong, stop and call for help!
What to do if you’re a passenger in a hijacked car
If you are a passenger in a hijacked car, the following instructions will help you to stay safe and protect yourself.
Stay calm and keep your head.
Don’t resist or make noise.
Do not get out of the car unless you’re asked to do so by the hijacker or police.
If you’re asked to give up your purse, money, jewellery or other valuables, please do so without argument. Don’t try to escape with them if you are able. You could be killed if you do.
If the hijacker asks for your passport or driver’s licence, please give them what they ask for. If they demand that you get out of the car, do as they say and don’t try to resist. Remember: It is better to be safe than sorry!
How to report a hijack
If you are the victim of a hijack in South Africa, you should notify the police immediately. Here is what to do:
1. If possible, take pictures or video of the hijacker and their car. This will be helpful in identifying the suspect and documenting the crime.
2. Get as much information about the hijacker as possible. Their name, age, address, etc.
3. Keep your cool during the ordeal – don’t show any signs of being upset or scared. This could anger or scare away your attacker and make it more difficult for you to get help.
4. Remain silent unless asked to speak by the police or hostage taker. Do not agree to anything that they may say until you have had time to speak with a lawyer or consult with a trusted friend/family member about what is best for you in this situation.
5. Try not to attract attention to yourself – keep your head down, keep your hands up if necessary, and stay calm. The last thing you need is for them to think that you’re a threat either physically or emotionally.