- Recently, crime statistics that state a vehicle is hijacked every 32 minutes have shaken Mzansi to its core
- Experts have said that these type of crimes are usually meticulously planned out
- Managing director of Paratus Enterprise, Hendri Appelgryn, has provided information about the habits of hijackers during this worrying influx of crime
The South African Police Force (SAPS) recently released statistics that outlined how a car in South Africa is hijacked every 32 minutes.
According to experts, this is a large increase when it comes to this particular type of crime in SA.
What makes hijackings interesting is that they are not considered random crimes, but are most often carefully planned out and executed.
Hendri Appelgryn, managing director of prestigious security company, Paratus Enterprise, told Witbank News a little more about the issue of hijacking in South Africa and its unique characteristics.
Hendri busted some myths and explained that hijacking does not necessarily happen in the industrial areas commonly associated with the crime, but often can be pinpointed in areas where there is an availability of a certain kind of car.
“To date, the overwhelming proportion of all the hijackers have been men, and occasionally women. They operate in groups of three or four, sometimes more. The hijackers tend to be very young, in their teens and early twenties, although some victims report the presence of a team leader who seemed older. Women are being used to lull potential victims into a false sense of security, since most of us feel less threatened in the presence of a woman as opposed to a man,” Hendri explained.
Briefly.co.za also learned that the majority of weapons used in South African hijackings are handguns and knives.
Hendri went on to provide valuable information to Witbank News which could help South African citizens determine suspicious behavior linked to a potential hijacking and said:
“Their [hijackers’] driving habits are immediately suspicious. Before an attack they may cruise slowly around a particular area, often for days before the attack, without any apparent sense of purpose or specific direction. They may also simply sit in the car parked off the road or in a parking garage. Immediately after an attack, their driving patterns change dramatically. They will speed off, driving perhaps nervously and recklessly, but often with an air of bravado as if enjoying or flaunting publicly their total disregard for the law and the innocent person they have just attacked. They might ignore red traffic lights, jump stop streets and weave in and out through traffic, especially on motorways. This renders them highly visible to the public and this is where private citizens can play a vital role in assisting these people’s arrests.”
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