'In a carjacking situation nothing is as valuable as your life' - AA

The Cape Town CBD has the highest number of motot vehicle theft in the country. This according to the 2016 crime statistics.

The statistics also show that the number of carjackings in South Africa has increased by 14,2% in the past year.

2032 incidents were recorded in the Western Cape, while Gauteng recorded the highest car hijacking of 7367 incidents.

Layton Beard, Spokesperson for Automobile Association of South Africa, says people often say their advice on how to avoid being hijacked is impractical, like 'avoid driving on roads known as hijacking hot spots'

He says the AA still insists that if you avoid those dangerous areas and if you can't avoid them, then be vigilant at all times.

People should investigate the possibilities of an alternative roads if they stay or work near a crime hot spot route.

Avoid them at specific times. When it is dark and or dim that's an opportunity for criminals to pounce because they may not necessarily be seen or its easy for them to get away

Layton Beard, Spokesperson for Automobile Association of South Africa

Our advice is basically be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your rear view mirror and your side mirrors at all times

Layton Beard, Spokesperson for Automobile Association of South Africa

If you find yourself in a situation where somebody wants to take your car, leave your belongings and don't ask them if you can take your phone or laptop. If there is a baby in the car, try to negotiate to get the baby out of the car and leave handbags and other belongings.

Nothing is as valuable as you and your baby, leave your belonging and let them have your car

Layton Beard, Spokesperson for Automobile Association of South Africa

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