Article by: Lakhe Thwala
Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal reported the highest incidence of vehicle hijacking. The ongoing circulation of illegal firearms in South Africa is the main reason for the increase of vehicle hijackings and violent crime in general.
South Africans are often advised to avoid driving at night and to be observant at all times as carjackings are on its pick, being on the rise up to 13.3%.
To this date, there hasn’t been a solution to the ongoing hijacking challenge that has taken several lives and left carjacking victims traumatised for their entire lives.
The South African Police Service has published crime statistics for the period between 1 October and 31 December 2021, showing an annual increase in hijackings in the country.
Stats SA reported a total of 4,794 carjackings over the period – an increase of 7.4% compared to the same period in the previous year (4,462).
Statistics have proven that South Africa loses over R8.5-billion to hijacking and vehicle theft. From a percentage point of view, 57% are taken across the border, 36% are registered as cloned vehicles while the rest are taken to chop shops in the most common hijacking hotspot areas such of Ivory Park, Tembisa, Daveyton, Mamelodi, Kwathema, Soweto, Soshanguve, Vosloorus, and Katlegong in Gauteng.
According to C-track’s data, these are the most hijacked cars in South Africa; Volkswagen Polo, followed by Toyota and Ford. Ford Ranger and Toyota’s Fortuner are the most popular SUV’s hijacked/stolen by criminals, followed by Nissan and Land Rover.
Every day, there is a hijacking case reported in South Africa and in most cases, these carjackers will use force or any means to ensure their mission is successful and to disconnect the tracking device ensuring that a car is never found.as they have several hijacking equipment such as a car signal jammer, get-away-vehicles and fake registration plates.
Tracker data indicates that:
- Most hijackings are reported on Wednesday through to Friday and between the hours of 16h00 and 20h00.
- Most vehicles are reported hijacked or stolen at the end of the week.
- Theft is mainly reported on Wednesday through to Saturday and between the hours of 11h00 and 15h00.
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