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Motorbike hijackings are a reality

Published on: 03 August 2017

Motorbike hijackings are a realityHijacking statistics in our country are a sad reality. However, it may come as a surprise to you that recent events have shown that motorcyclists can also be a victim of this crime, and need to be as cautious on the road as drivers of cars.

A hijacking can happen in the blink of an eye. What’s even more alarming is that it’s very difficult to communicate whilst wearing a helmet, or while your bike is running. This means that in a hijacking situation, bikers become even more vulnerable to injury once they have removed their headgear.

Here’s what motorcyclists can do to stay aware of the potential threat of a motorbike hijacking and be ready to respond accordingly:

  • Just because someone is on a bike, don’t assume that they are friendly – motorcycle hijackers are usually mounted on their own motorcycles. Be aware of motorcyclists with a pillion rider – don’t fall victim to being pushed off your bike. If that person starts to get off the bike, and there is an opportunity to safely pull off, do so immediately.
  • If you suspect someone is following you, drive to the nearest well-lit public space, like a garage, and ensure you have an escape route every time you need to stop.
  • Be cautious of people loitering around intersections. If you can, slow your speed to avoid coming to a complete stop.

Unfortunately, crime is a reality, and although these tips can serve to make you more aware of the potential threat of a hijacking, insurance for your motorcycle is a necessity.