Vehicle tracking company Ctrack has released data on the most hijacked vehicles in South Africa, and the areas where hijackings are most likely to occur.
According to the group the VW Polo is the most hijacked passenger vehicle in the country, while the Toyota Fortuner is the most hijacked SUV, and Ford is the third most targeted manufacturer.
The most targeted cars tend to line up with the most popular cars, Ctrack said, with the Polo Vivo, Fortuner and Ford Ecosport featuring in the top 10 list of best-selling vehicles as of May 2017.
The tracking group noted that it is not easy for people to sell high-risk vehicles, but pointed to various ways through which drivers could ensure greater safety.
This includes installing anti-theft devices like alarm systems, as well as behavioural changes – like avoiding known danger areas, and trying to avoid driving at night.
In February, Ctrack released a more detailed list of targeted brands in 2016:
In order: VW, Toyota, Ford, Citroen, Kia, Hyundai, BMW, Audi, Renault, Chevrolet, Tata, Opel, Nissan, Honda, Citroen,Volvo, Datsun.
In order: Toyota, Land Rover, Nissan, Mahindra, VW, Jeep, Porsche, Renault, Ford, Daihatsu, BMW.
In order: Nissan, Scania, Freithliner, Hino, Isuzu, Volvo, Mercedes Benz, Mitsubishi, Toyota, Superlink, MAN, Hyundai.
Top five hijacking hotspots in the top three most hijacked provinces:
Previously, Ctrack reported that the majority of hijackings were likely to occur between 18h00 and 23h59 in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, and between 00h00 and 05h59 in the Western Cape. You are also more likely to be hijacked on a Tuesday, than any other day of the week.
Using data from Arrive Alive, Ctrack