A shocking incident that took place between Hout Bay and Camps Bay shows how those who carry out hijackings are finding new ways to outsmart victims.
Motorists of Mzansi are fully aware of the hijacking issue on our roads. But, as ways to protect drivers evolve, so do criminal methods. Admittedly, this latest method isn’t as hi-tech as signal jamming or its contemporaries, but it has the potential to be just as devastating.
What is the new method of hijacking cars in South Africa?
Safety groups and political figures – including former Cape Town City Councillor Jacques Weber – are warning drivers of certain motor vehicles to check the canopies attached to the back of their cars, after a video uploaded to Facebook went viral during the week. It showed a would-be carjacker hiding under the sheet, waiting to make their move.
It is understood that, once traffic has come to a standstill at the lights or an intersection, these criminals will sneak into the rear-end of a bakkie or 4×4 vehicle where a canopy is attached. Once the vehicle reaches its final destination, the robber(s) will then confront their victims and take their car.
“Good Samaritan” saves the day in Hout Bay
This extraordinarily brazen attempt was caught on camera by Rupert Bryant, who was behind the vehicle that was ripe for this type of hijacking. Once he noticed there was a man trying to hide under the cover, the “Good Samaritan” followed Sussanah Leigh until she came to a stop in Camps Bay, warning her about what he’d seen.