Personal Safety & Security + Hijack Prevention & Survival Online Course
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Personal Safety & Security + Hijack Prevention & Survival Online Course

Everyone knows of someone who has been a victim of crime in South Africa. Whether the victim of a mugging, hijacking, robbery or assault, all crime adversely affects us and our loved ones.

Unfortunately, you will continue to become a statistic of crime until you take personal responsibility for your own safety and security. Relying on others in law enforcement or private security companies is not enough.


Number of hijackings per year

23 025



2020 - 2021


2019 - 2020


2019 - 2020


2017 - 2018


2016 - 2017

4 most hijacked vehicles in 2022

Toyota Hilux

Volkswagen Polo

Toyota Quantum

Nissan NP200

Hijackings in the media

A South African car owner’s probability of falling victim to car theft or hijacking is about 1 in 121 according to the 2019/2020 crime statistics from the SA Police Service (SAPS).

Beware at off-ramps, there is a new trend

Driver Beware: Blue Lights Hijackers | Carte Blanche | M-Net (19 August 2020)

Hijacking And Brave Victims In South Africa (2019)

Failed Hijacking After Cancer Treatment: South Africa; constant vigilance (2019)

Watch: ATTEMPTED Drive way car hijacking 4×4 gets justice (2018)

*The data for most hijacked vehicles change year-on-year.


Tracker data from the 2019/2020 period indicates that:


  • Most vehicles are reported hijacked or stolen at the end of the week;
  • Most hijackings are reported on Wednesday through to Friday and between the hours of 16h00 and 20h00;
  • Theft is mainly reported on Wednesday through to Saturday and between the hours of 11h00 and 15h00.

2019 to 2020 most hijacked vehicles:


  • Total of 18,162 hijackings in this period. This equates to 50 cars being stolen in South Africa every day.
  • Before lockdown, there was a 50/50 split between hijacking and vehicle theft cases among Tracker’s clients. But since the lockdown, this has moved to 56/44 in favour of hijackings. A year ago, the split was 45/55 in favour of theft.
  • Criminals used firearms in the large majority of carjacking cases (15,110 incidences)
  • Most carjackings in the last year took place in Gauteng with 9,025 cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal (3,041), Western Cape (2,760), Eastern Cape (1,111), Mpumalanga (999), North West (493), Limpopo (458) and Free State (241). The Northern Cape was the province with the least number of carjackings at 34 cases.
  • Sedans and hatchbacks are the most popular targets, followed by bakkies and taxis.
  • Motorists were most likely to be hijacked on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 6pm and 9pm, and on a Friday or Saturday night between 9pm and midnight.



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