These vehicles in the sights of hijackers

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The Fidelity Services Group says that although vehicle hijackings are increasing in general, it has not recorded any specific increase in hijacking incidents over the festive period.

Wahl Bartmann, CEO of the security company, says this is definitely good news.

“However, we are making preparations as data at our disposal indicates that a possible increase in hijackings may occur from January and February.”

He says vehicle hijacking is a crime that is mainly driven by supply and demand.

“As a result, hijackers target specific vehicles for a specific purpose and market. Demand for Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan vehicles remains high on the black market.”

Based on the Fidelity SecureDrive base for 2023 and 2024, these models are also often in the sights of hackers:

  • Toyota Fortuner (GD6 and D4D)
  • Toyota Hilux (GD6 and D4D)
  • Toyota Corolla Cross
  • Toyota RAV4
  • Volkswagen Polo (especially hatchback models)
  • Nissan NP 200
  • Ford Ranger (double and single cab)

Bartmann says hijackers also have utility vehicles and trucks – which are targeted for the cargo – in their sights.

“Most hijackers target victims at or near their homes or workplaces.

“A new trend was also identified in which the hijackers kidnapped their victims to help find the satellite tracking device and to delay the reporting of the incident,” says Bartmann.

He says around 30% of all stolen and hijacked vehicles are smuggled across the border to neighboring countries.

“We would like to advise the public to always be aware of their surroundings and remain alert for any vehicles that may be following them.

“If they suspect that they are being followed, they must immediately drive to the nearest police station or at least to a busy center where there are other people in the area.”

Bartmann’s advice is also not to offer resistance during a hijacking incident.

“Remember that hijackers are always armed and will shoot without hesitation when confronted. More robbers can stand out of sight and fire shots at you if you try to fight back.

“A hijacking can happen anywhere and anytime. The best response is to be alert and aware of any suspicious activity near you.”