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Increase in Truck Hijackings in South Africa

Criminals involved in truck hijackings in South Africa, have on numerous occasions, showed how ruthless they can be. A life lost cannot be brought back, whilst cargo can be insured.

Truck hijackings have increased by 1.6% according to the crime statistics for 2017/18 released by the South African Police service. Cash-in-transit heists have steadily risen by 42% over the last three years.

Implementing Fleet Management Systems

The use of a fleet management system will significantly reduce hijackings, cargo loss and ultimately increase driver safety.

The telematics software available today is very advanced. Through the use of driver behaviour analysis, red flags can be raised when that driver behaviour changes, indicating possible situation in the cab.

Similarly “outside cab” solar powered devices could prove useful when initial device is jammed, with activation only required when initial device is jammed.

Training Drivers

Driver training on how to act when hijacked is also an important part of the strategy. Add-ons such as remote panic buttons allow drivers to alert their company in case of any roadside emergency.

Author: The Geotab Team – Geotab Africa

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