Hijacking and Smash-and-Grab Hotspots in Gauteng

Published on: 03 February 2015

Crime is a major concern for most South Africans, and vehicle theft is often associated with high levels of violence. In light of this, we’d like to offer the best possible advice on where to keep your eyes open during your travels in Gauteng.

With that said, you are urged to you exercise caution whenever you are driving.

The following points are considered to be hijacking hotspots in Gauteng, as supplied by eBlockwatch and SAPS.


  1. The William Nicol Drive offramp from the N1 from the Sandton side
  2. The corner of Old Pretoria Road and 1st Avenue in Alexandra
  3.  New Road offramp in Midrand
  4. Riviera Road offramp near Killarney Mall
  5. Intersection of Christiaan de Wet Road and Wilgerood Road in Roodepoort
  6. All the traffic lights along Louis Botha Avenue between Alexandra and Hillbrow
  7. Parkwood and Saxonwold (Rosebank precint)
  8. Upper Houghton and Killarney (Hillbrow precint)
  9. Between 10th and 11th avenues and 4th and 7th avenues in Parkhurst (Parkview precint)
  10. Glenhazel, Lombardy East and Sandringham (Sandringham precint)
  11. Orange Grove and Highlands North (Norwood precint)
  12. Yeoville, Bellevue and Bellevue East (Yeoville precint)
  13. Wynberg, Bramley, Marlboro and Kew (Bramley precint)


  1. The Atterbury Road offramp from the N1 in Menlyn
  2. Lynnwood Road offramp on the N1
  3. John Vorster Drive offramp from the N1 in Lyttelton
  4. Jean Avenue offramp from the R28 in Centurion
  5. Rigel Avenue offramp from the N1 in Erasmuskloof
  6. Corner of University Road and Lynnwood Road in Hatfield
  7. The traffic lights along Walker Street in Sunnyside
  8. The Lynnwood Road and Hans Strijdom Drive intersection in Garsfontein
  9. The traffic lights along Nelson Mandela Drive in Sunnyside
  10. The traffic lights along Simon Vermooten Road in Silverton
  11. Along Beyers Naude Drive and Paul Kruger Street in Wonderboompoort
  12. Nelson Mandela Drive, Duncan Street and Walker Street in Sunnyside
  13. The R55 in Erasmia
  14. Burnett Street, Hilda Street and the Atterbury Road offramp in the Brooklyn area
  15. Delfi Avenue and Garsfontein Road in Garsfontein

The Citizen has provided an interactive map, listing the ‘hijacking hot-spots’ in Johannesburg.

Smash-and-Grab Hotspots

According to Eye Witness News, the map below contains a number of number of hotspots around Gauteng where motorists have reported smash-and-grab incidents.

 There is no sure-fire way of avoiding a hijacking incident, but exercising caution and being alert at traffic lights, stop streets, and intersections may give just enough time to react.  Also remember to keep your belongings out of plain sight – preferably locked in the boot of your car.