Safety awareness during a hijacking

Know what to expect as a victim:

  • People who are taken hostage or hijacked, tend to experience feelings of anxiety, shock, disbelief and confusion.
  • This first reaction usually leads to resistance, or retaliation which could have fatal consequences.

Know what to Expect of the Perpetrators

  • They could be tense, anxious and nervous
  • They could display a tendency to overreact


  • Do everything the perpetrators tell you to do.
  • Keep your brain active, know your surroundings.
  • Listen for distinctive noises and sounds.
  • Try to remind cool and calm.
  • Fall flat and remain down during the relieving attack.


  • Do not at any time become panic stricken or hysterical.
  • Do not offer any form of resistance.
  • Do not become abusive and aggressive or lose your temper.
  • Do not threaten or provoke the captor(s)
  • Don’t try to be a hero.
  • Do not engage in an argument with the captor(s)
  • Do not engage in any whispered conversations with the perpetrators.


  • Make sure that you have a tracking devise in your vehicle.
  • Tracking devise to be tested regularly’
  • Always inform someone of your movements, the route that you will be taking, and the estimated arrival time.
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