Getting hijacked is every city-dwellers nightmare and, given that close to 17 000 hijackings occurred in the 2017/18 period, the paranoia is unlikely to die down. Whilst it would be ideal to eliminate the number of hijackers there are, it is important that you do everything you can possible to avoid getting hijacked.
Stay Alert at Traffic Lights
Although you may take a moment to check yourself in the mirror or search your glove compartment when stopped at a traffic light, it is vital that you resist these urges and stay alert at all times. Take a moment to survey your surroundings to make sure there are no opportunists around.
As well as at traffic lights, be vigilant when getting into or out of your car in your driveway or in public spaces.
Do Your Research on Hijacking Hotspots
There are signs around certain city suburbs that indicate whether you are in a hijacking hotspot, but it may be worthwhile to do research to find out where the spots in your area are so that you can be sure to avoid them at all costs, especially at night. A seemingly random fact is that, statistically speaking, Tuesday is one of the most dangerous days of the week with more hijackings taking place than any other day.
Place Anything of Value in the Boot
Thieves are after things like your designer handbag. If you do not need any of the valuable things on your front seat, then put them in the boot for safekeeping.
Hijackings can be incredibly traumatising, and you want to avoid further trauma and distress by ensuring your personal goods and car are insured properly. We understand what is needed, so get in touch if you need help with getting covered.
*A note from CC&A: Please be sure that you are testing your burglar alarms fitted to homes or business as well as tracking devices in vehicles regularly (at least quarterly) to ensure they are in working order. This is a common policy requirement – if you do not test, and the system is faulty, you may have no cover at the time of a loss.