In the past we’ve published life-saving information on areas to avoid so you don’t become a smash-and-grab victim. It is not just something that can ruin your day, cause financial loss and put you in inconvenience. Being a victim of a high-jacking incident can also be extremely traumatic.
Recently, it has come to our notice that there has been an increase in high-jacking activity. In fact, according to our research on statistics released by the South African Police Service (SAPS), 231 Incidents of high-jacking were recorded in Gauteng alone between April 2022 and May 2022.
He’s only in 1 month, guys. 1 month.
Well, this data is enough to prompt us to update our previously published list of GP areas to help you stay safe on the road. We don’t want anything to happen to you, your valuables or your car, so please use caution if you drive through any of these areas. We understand that this cannot always be avoided.
Where not to go in Gauteng
Here’s a look at the high-jacking hotspots to avoid in Gauteng (with more updates on spots to avoid in other parts of the country).
Some hi-jacking hotspots in Pretoria:
- Jean Avenue off-ramp from the R28 at Centurion.
- Drive off-ramp to the N1 at John Vorster Lyttelton.
- Atterbury Road off-ramp from N1 to Menlyn.
- Linwood Road is the offramp on the N1.
- Corner of University Road and Linwood Road in Hatfield.
- Traffic light along Walker Street in Sunnyside.
- Nelson Mandela Drive, Duncan Street and Walker Street in Sunnyside.
Some hi-jacking hotspots in Johannesburg:
- William Nicoll Drive off the N1 (coming from Sandton).
- Jan Smuts Avenue and William Drive split in Hyde Park.
- New road off-ramp in Midrand.
- The intersection of Christiaan de Wet Road and Vilgerode Road in Roodepoort.
- Corner of Old Pretoria Road and First Avenue in Alexandra.
- All traffic lights along Louis Botha Avenue between Alexandra and Hillbrow.
- Traffic light at Kyalami Drive.
Some other notable hotspots marked by SAPS:
- Bakersdal (R28 road and N12).
- Carletonville (Bleibank Road and Randfontein Road).
- Fochville (corner N12 and R500).
- Randfontein (R559, R28, and N14).
the king has your back
As we’ve already mentioned, there are times when you just can’t avoid going into your high-risk zone. When that’s the case, rely on these safety tips from King.
Top tips for trying to avoid smash-and-grabs:
- Shut it down. They may break your windows, but don’t make it easy.
- out of sight. Put your luggage away, under the seats and in the boot.
- just say no. We mean the people with leaflets or pointing at your plate.
- Be on high alert at stops, intersections and heavy traffic.
- Blow up Never get out of your car to move an object on the road.
- Give a gap Leave 2 or 3 gaps between your car and the next car so you have room for an exit strategy.
- slow it down. When approaching a red traffic light at night, slow down so that you can drift through it when it turns green without stopping.
And then always turn to us with our Code Red service. Code Red is an app-based service that will get the nearest armed response car or emergency service to you as quickly as possible, so if you feel threatened or unsafe, you can simply open our app and press the red button.
If you want to know more about King’s Code Red, click here. You can also view our royal car insurance options by clicking here or you can WhatsApp us on 0860 50 50 50.