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FOUR cars targeted by hijackers in South Africa right now

Security firm Fidelity SecureDrive recently reported an increase in motor vehicle crime and hijackings in South Africa, with some Toyota and Volkswagen cars being targeted by hijackers rather than others.

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FOUR CARS TARGETED BY HIJACKERS

Fidelity Services Group Chief Executive Wahl Bartmann informed business technology that Gauteng and Kwazulu-Natal had the highest proportions of recorded incidents with 231 incidents in Gauteng, followed by KZN with 186 reported incidents of hijackings between April 2021 and May 2022.

Bartmann also revealed that the incidents usually occur between 06:00-09:00 and 18:00-24:00 during peak hours when visibility is reduced at night.

He also reported that most hijackings occur on Thursdays and Fridays and the popular cities of Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg reported the most incidents per day compared to other cities.

According to Fidelity data hackers, hijackers most often targeted white (48%) or gray (18.9%) Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles with targeted models including:

  • Toyota Hilux
  • Polo Volkswagen
  • Toyota Quantum
  • Nissan NP200

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TARGETED AREAS

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 in addition to the color of the cars.

Security and police officials have also warned of an increase in the number of incidents perpetrated by bogus police officials.

Officials from the South African Police Service (SAPS) have indicated that a white Toyota Hilux double cab and/or a white VW Polo are the vehicles that are typically used to trap motorists, with incidents reported in the following areas:

  • Bekkersdal – road R28 and N12
  • Carletonville – Blybank Road and Randfontein Road
  • Fochville – Corner N12 and R500.
  • Randfontein – R559 – R28 and N14

Here are some other tips from the group:

  • Do not stop in a deserted place or area to talk on the phone or even relieve yourself;
  • Always keep your windows closed;
  • If someone tries to force you off the road, don’t panic, just honk your horn constantly to get attention.
  • Don’t stop for hitchhikers, even if it’s a hiker with a crying baby.

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