What do you do in case of a hijacking?
South Africa has one of the highest incidents of hijackings in the world. Every day people all over the country have their vehicle forcefully taken from them and often with violence. Even though most people would like to believe that they would never be in the victim of a hijacking it is always a good idea to be aware of what to do in the event. Emergency services suggest that people remember the following if you are the victim of a hijacking.
The firs and most important rule is: Do Not Panic. The hijacker is even more nervous than you are and sudden movements, screams or other actions could put your life and those of your passengers at risk. In the same vein, follow the instructions of your hijacker closely but do not offer any information or valuables unless asked for them. If they do demand anything else just hand it over – no possessions are worth your life.
It is very important to remain honest with the hijacker at all times. Hiding information from them may aggravate them and could lead to unnecessary injury.
Even though the situation may be stressful, try to pick out details of your hijacker. This will make it much easier for emergency services to track down the culprit. Remember to not make eye contact or to aggravate the hijacker in any way but try to take note of features like height, race, age, tattoos or piercings, accent, language and clothing.
During a hijacking your safety and the safety of your passengers is of primary concern. If there are children or babies in the vehicle that the hijacker may not be aware of, let them know. Don’t be needlessly brave, either. If the hijackers are armed you could end up not only getting yourself injured but endangering the life of others.
As soon as the hijacker has left report the crime immediately by the quickest means possible. Inform the police which direction the hijacker was driving, the colour, the make, the model and the registration number on the vehicle. Do not wait for the police to show up – all this information can be provided to them over the phone to help them find the culprits as soon as possible.