The latest hijacking and theft results by vehicle tracking company, Ctrack, lists the VW Polo as the most hijacked passenger vehicle in South Africa, the Toyota Fortuner as the most hijacked SUV, and Ford as the third most targeted manufacturer.
It is no surprise that this coincides with the best-selling cars in South Africa as at May 2017, with the Polo Vivo, Fortuner and Ford Ecosport featuring in the top ten list.
“As a consumer champion, we understand that there are certain factors that impact consumer choices and it is not easy for people to simply sell their high-risk vehicles and switch to different vehicle models”, says Derek Wilson, head of online insurance and financial services comparison website, Hippo.co.za.
“There are, however, various ways in which South Africans can ensure greater safety,” says Wilson, “You could, for example, install anti-theft devices such as alarm systems or Vehicle Tracking, keep a list of the top hijacking hotspots in your car so that you are alert about which areas to avoid at all times, and also try and avoid driving late at night”.
These are the top five hijacking hotspots in the top three most hijacked provinces listed on Arrive Alive:
“Apart from ensuring better safety, you could also reduce your monthly insurance premiums if you opt to compare comprehensive Car Insurance from a range of South African providers by using the Hippo.co.za platform”.