The security company Fidelity SecureDrive recently reported an increase in motor vehicle-related crime and hijackings across South Africa, with certain Toyota and Volkswagen cars targeted by hijackers over others.
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FOUR CARS TARGETED BY HIJACKERS
The chief executive of Fidelity Services group Wahl Bartmann informed Businesstech that Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal recorded the largest proportions of incidents on record with 231 incidents in Gauteng, followed by KZN with 186 reported incidents of hijackings between April 2021 to May 2022.
Bartmann also revealed that incidents usually take place between 06h00-09h00 and 18h00-24h00 during peak traffic times when there’s reduced visibility at night.
He also reported that most hijackings occur on Thursdays and Fridays and that popular cities Durban, Pretoria, and Johannesburg reported the most incidents per day compared to other cities.
According to Fidelity’s data hijackers most often targeted white (48%) or gray (18.9%) Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles with targeted models including:
- Toyota Hilux
- Volkswagen Polo
- Toyota Quantum
- Nissan NP200
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AREAS BEING TARGETED
Ford Motor Company revealed that in South Africa, white and silver cars are the easiest to resell and the most popular color for new cars.
Fidelity adds that criminals are interested in the make and model besides the color of the cars.
Security and police officials have also warned of an increased number of incidents being perpetrated by fake police officials.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) officials indicated that a white Toyota Hilux double cab and / or a white VW Polo are the vehicles which are typically used to trap motorists, with incidents reported in the following areas:
- Bekkersdal – R28 road and N12
- Carletonville – Blybank road & Randfontein road
- Fochville – Corner N12 and R500.
- Randfontein – R559 – R28 and N14
Here are more tips provided by the group:
- Do not stop at a deserted spot or area to talk on your phone or even relieve yourself;
- Always keep your windows closed;
- If someone tries to force you out of the road, don’t panic but just blow your horn constantly to draw attention;
- Do not stop for hitchhikers, even if it is a female hiker with a crying baby.
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