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What To Do In Case Of A Hijacking

Hijackings in South Africa have become increasingly common in recent years, with almost 3,000 reported in 2019 alone. The risk of a hijacking is particularly high in urban areas, particularly Johannesburg and Cape Town. Hijackings are frightening and unpredictable, so it is important to know what to do in case of a hijacking.

What is Hijacking?

Hijacking is the illegal seizure of a vehicle, usually by force or threat of force. It is a serious crime in South Africa, and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Hijackers typically target vehicles for their value, intending to sell them for a profit.

What to Do During a Hijacking

If you are the victim of a hijacking, it is important to remain calm and try to remember all the details. Here are some tips for what to do in case of a hijacking:

  • Stay calm. Do not resist the hijackers. Your life is more important than your car.

  • Remember as many details about the hijackers as possible, including their physical appearance and clothing.

  • If possible, call the police as soon as possible and provide them with as much information as you can.

  • Follow the hijackers’ orders. Do not try to confront or overpower them.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Do not take any unnecessary risks.

  • If there is another vehicle near the scene, drive away quickly.

What to Do After a Hijacking

Once the hijacking is over and you are safe, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Contact the police and report the incident.

  • Contact your insurance company and report the hijacking.

  • Take some time to rest and recover from the ordeal.

  • Consider taking a self-defence class in order to prevent a similar incident in the future.

  • Install a tracking device on your vehicle in order to help the police locate it if it is stolen.


Hijackings in South Africa are a serious problem that have been increasing in recent years. It is important to know what to do in case of a hijacking in order to protect yourself and your property. Remember to stay calm, follow the hijackers’ orders, and contact the police as soon as possible. Once the hijacking is over, make sure to contact the police and your insurance company, as well as taking the necessary steps to protect yourself in the future.

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