Although hijacking in South Africa is not something we as citizens like to give much thought to, it is something that we should all be aware of. As of last year’s crime statistics, hijackings in South Africa have reached a dizzying five-year high.
Whether at home or on the road, the safety of our families is of the utmost importance; as such, we need to learn to be vigilant and know what to do to lessen the chances of experiencing a hijacking.
In this article, we’re going to explore a few tips to help you and your family minimise the risks associated with a hijacking. Let’s get started.
Avoid Hijacking Hot Spots
An extremely helpful yet often overlooked safety tip is to steer clear of any hijacking hotspots. These are towns, cities, and roads that are affected by hijackings.
It’s a good idea to know where these hijacking hot spots are so that you and your family can plan your routes accordingly. At the end of the day, it is far better to travel an alternative route that may slightly delay your trip than to encounter potential hijackings.
If you’re unsure of what is considered a hijacking hotspot, you can find a list of these in the latest South African crime statistics.
Be Cautious when Approaching Your Driveway
Driveway robberies have been the latest modus operandi for some time due to the nature of how susceptible drivers are to hijackings when they’re either entering or exiting their homes.
As such, drivers need to be extra cautious when leaving or returning home. As a rule of thumb, strive to practice the below:
- Switch off your radio station and focus on your surroundings 2km away from home.
- Check for vehicles following you.
- Be aware of vehicles parked close to your address.
- Survey your driveway before you enter your premises.
Remember – prevention is always better than cure.
Use Technology to Your Advantage
Advancements in technology have changed the way we prioritise our apps. With enhanced software, we now have the ability to request immediate assistance directly from our smartphones.
By leveraging the benefits of technology through the use of an accurate crisis response app, you and your family can get the help you need when it’s most needed.
Share Your Location
You may be faced with a situation where you are unable to call for help. In such a situation, it’s crucial that you have the necessary support to get you help.
A good way of doing so is by sharing your live location/trip with a significant other, family member, or friend. By doing so, someone will always know where you are. If there is an anomaly or peculiar deviation in the trip, chances are it will be noticed, and action can be taken.
It’s always a good idea to have at least one person know your whereabouts.
Through the combination of avoiding common hijacking hotspots, being cautious when arriving home, using technology to your advantage, and sharing your location, you can proactively minimise the risks associated with hijacking and lessen the likelihood of experiencing one.