Gauteng saw an increase of 16.9% of hijackings year-to-year with over 8600 cases recorded in the province.

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Hijackings in South Africa are at a ten-year high in South Africa, according to recently released crime stats.

Nearly 17 000 people were hijacked in the country in the previous financial year.  Johannesburg is one of the worst affected areas and with the festive season approaching, there are plenty of warnings about what to do to stay safe.

Vehicle tracking app Pro-Active South Africa has also published a series of maps showing the worst hijacking and crime hotspots in the country.

Using data based on published information by the SAPS, tracking companies, and Insurance Crime Bureau, the application has mapped out the areas where people need to be most vigilant across the country’s three major metros.

Gauteng saw an increase of 16.9% of hijackings year-to-year with over 8600 cases recorded in the province.

The most high-risk hijacking hot spots in South Africa

  • Pretoria Road , CR Swart
  • Elgin Road and Pretoria Road, Johannesburg
  • Linksfield Road, N3
  • Booysens Road, M1
  • Nelson Mandela Bridge
  • Wolmarans road, Johannesburg
  • Saratoga road, Johannesburg
  • Abel road, Johannesburg
  • Houghton Drive, M1
  • Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg
  • Krause Street, Pageview
  • Heidelberg Road, Johannesburg
  • Kyalami Drive, Johannesburg
  • Beyers Naude road and N1
  • Sunninghill, N1, Rivonia
  • Midrand, Clayville
  • Grayston, Rivonia, 11th Street.
  • Empire Road, Johannesburg
  • Jan Smuts Avenue, William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park
  • Witkoppen Road
  • Bramley, Johannesburg
  • Yeoville, Johannesburg
  • Norwood, Johannesburg
  • Sandringham, Johannesburg
  • 11th avenue and 7th Avenue, Johannesburg
  • Hillbrow Precinct, Upper Houghton, Killarney
  • Saxonworld, Parkwood
  • Christiaan de Wet and Wilgerood road
  • Louis Botha Avenue, M11, Hillbrow, Alexandra
  • Riviera Road and M1
  • 11th Avenue, Fairland
  • 1st Avenue and Pretoria Main road, johannesburg
  • New road and N1, Midrand
  • William Nichol, N1 highway
  • Nelson Mandela Drive, Johannesburg
  • Outside Eskom’s MegaWatt Park. (Maxwell Drive, Sunninghill)
  • Midrand Road and Cedar Road

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