It’s fair to say carjacking is flourishing in South Africa. Many measures have been implemented to help combat the crime yet, hardly will a week go by without stories of stolen vehicles being told.
As such, it is expedient to know the trend of carjacking in the country.
A hijacking statistics released by Ctrack – a vehicle tracking company – exposed the most fancied cars of the perpetrators of carjacking in South Africa.
The Ctrack statistics provided details about the vehicle manufacturers, passenger vehicles, SUVs and trucks being targeted by the carjacking criminals.
Passenger Vehicles Stolen/Hijacked
According to the Ctrack report, Volkswagen Polo is the most hijacked passenger vehicle in South Africa. That, made Volkswagen the most targeted manufacturer in the country followed by Toyota and Ford.
Stressing that Volkswagen was the most popular make and Polo the most popular model, Ctrack offered the comprehensive list below ranging from the most stole/hijacked passengers vehicle to the least.
Sport Utility Vehicle Stolen/Hijacked
Here, Toyota was identified as the most popular make and Fortuner, the most popular model.
Below is the order from the most stolen/hijacked to the least.
- Toyota – 55%
- Land Rover – 10%
- Nissan – 7%
- Mahindra – 5%
- VW – 5%
- Jeep – 5%
- Porsche – 5%
- Renault – 2%
- Ford – 2%
- Daihatsu – 2%
- BMW – 2%
Manufacturer Trucks and Machine Stolen/Hijacked
Ctrack study found that Nissan was the most popular make here. Below are the order from the most stolen/hijacked to the least.
- Nissan – 23%
- Scania – 16%
- Freithliner – 15%
- Hino – 10%
- Isuzu – 10%
- Volvo – 6%
- Mercedes Benz – 6%
- Mitsubishi – 3%
- Toyota – 2%
- Superlink – 2%
- Man – 2%
- Hyundai – 2%
BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the Ctrack report is based on data and analytics collected by Ctrack from January through December 2016.
Here are some tips that might help you avoid or survive carjacking.
- Hijackings happens more on Fridays and on Tuesdays in South Africa.
- Most hijackings occurs in the driveways of residential areas.
- Hijackers do use vehicles to force their victims off the road.
- Police or Traffic Officers also conduct hijackings in South Africa. So, check your driveway and street before you leave or enter your premises.
- Constantly check your rear-view mirror to ensure you are not being followed.
- Do not be generous, don’t pick up hitch-hikers or strangers.
- If confronted by hijackers, do whatever you’re asked to by the hijackers.