INFOGRAPHIC: Pretoria hijacking hotspots identified

Hijacking hotspots in the East and Central. Photo: Danielle Stroh.

With people getting ready for the upcoming holiday season, it is natural to be slightly more relaxed at this time of the year.

Relaxation mode, however, might be the worst thing to do while behind the wheel during the holiday and festive season.

Hijackings, common as they are, tend to happen more frequently during the festive season.

Motorists in and around the city are required to be more vigilant at all times to avoid becoming a statistic.

It is also advisable for motorists to familiarise themselves with hijacking hotspots.

Compiled by the SAPS, various tracking companies and the South African crime intelligence bureau, Pro-ActiveSA made an all-in-one list of hijacking hotspot areas.

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Pro-ActiveSA said: “It will provide the reader with a visual overview of areas to be most aware of.”

Areas and streets prone to hijacking occurrences include:

– Es’kia Mphahlele Drive

– Paul Kruger Street

– R55

– Burnett Street

– Delfi Avenue and Garsfontein Road

– Stormvoel Road traffic lights

– Watermeyer Street traffic lights

– Nelson Mandela Drive

– Simon Vermooten Road and Lynnwood Road

– Lynnwood Road and Solomon Mahlangu Drive

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– Justice Mahomed Street (Walker Street)

– Duncan Street

– Lynnwood Road and University Road

– Rigel Avenue and N1 off-ramp

– Pretoria Street and Simon Vermooten Road

– Simon Vermooten Road and Furrow Road

– Lynnwood Road and N1 off-ramp

– Solomon Mahlangu Drive and N4 off-ramp

– Solomon Mahlangu and R21 highway

– Atterbury Road and N1 off-ramp

– Pretorius Street traffic lights

– Francis Baard Street and Festival Street

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– Francis Baard Street and Hilda Street

– Francis Baard Street and Grosvenor Street.

According to Pro-ActiveSA, the worst areas were Soshanguve with 192 hijackings, Rietgat with 156 hijackings and Akasia with 148 hijackings.

Provincial police offered the following tips to motorists to avoid becoming a victim:

– Stay alert and always be aware of your surroundings. Look out for anything which might seem suspicious.

– Limit distractions when walking to and from your car. Be confident and focused.

– If you suspect you are being followed, make a few false turns. If you are still being followed, drive to the nearest police station.

– Always leave enough room between you and the car in front of you to prevent being boxed in.

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In the event of being confronted by a hijacker, a motorist should:

– Stay calm.

– Do not argue or make sudden gestures.

– Avoid making eye contact with the hijacker but try to remember how they look by identifying and remembering special features.

– Within reason, comply with their directions.

– Try to get away from the area as fast as possible.

– Do not attempt to be a hero, a vehicle can be replaced.

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