LISTEN: Reformed car hijacker sheds light on hijacking underworld

A reformed car hijacker has shared insights into how hijackers operate.

*Thomas was convicted for hijacking, robbery and murder and served almost 16 years in jail.

For a hijacker to hijack a car, it means that there is a potential buyer of a potential vehicle. You know what car you are looking for.

Thomas, reformed car hijacker

Usually, you don't follow the car immediately. You keep the distance.

Thomas, reformed car hijacker

Read: Security expert identifies top 14 hijacking hotspots in Gauteng (and gives tips)

He also spoke about how he has worked to turn his life around and leave behind his dark past.

I grew up in the East Rand and used to hijack cars for a living in the early 90s.

Thomas, reformed car hijacker

I spent 15 years and 11 months in prison, until I came back in 2012.

Thomas, reformed car hijacker

I haven't committed crime or even thought about it since I came back.

Thomas, reformed car hijacker

I take full responsibility for having found myself in that situation.

Thomas, reformed car hijacker

Sometimes we want the quick way of getting things in life, without thinking of the repercussions of your actions.

Thomas, reformed car hijacker

He advised that motorists always be vigilant of their surroundings and make direct eye contact with suspicious drivers or persons around them, to deter them.

*Thomas is not the man's real name.

Take a listen to his story and insights:


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