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Hijackings in South Africa – these are the major trends and hotspot areas

The South African Police Service has revealed crime statistics for the interval between 1 October and 31 December 2021, displaying an annual enhance in hijackings in the nation.

The nation reported a complete of 4,794 carjackings over the interval – a rise of seven.4% in comparison with the identical interval in the earlier year (4,462).

An enhance in carjackings was reported throughout all however two provinces, with the exceptions being the Free State, which noticed no change, and the Eastern Cape which noticed a lower of two.1%.



As with the nation’s different major crimes statistics, the majority of the instances had been reported in the most populous areas.

The most carjacking instances had been reported in Gauteng (2,346), adopted by the KZN (791) and the Western Cape (708). Sedans and hatchbacks are the hottest targets, adopted by bakkies and SUVs.

Nyanga in the Western Cape reported the most variety of carjackings (133), adopted by Umlazi in KZN (73). Motroka in Gauteng (48) was the space with the most instances reported in Gauteng.

Most of these hijackings happen in townships adopted shut residential areas. The desk under highlights the areas which have had the most hijacking instances reported to their respective police stations:

Data revealed by vehicle-tracking company Tracker in January exhibits that hijacking remains to be extra fashionable than automobile theft in the nation, averaging a 53/47 break up versus theft.

“The slant towards hijacking is most likely an opportunistic tactic, with a noticeable increase in vehicles being targeted for their loads, particularly fast-moving consumable goods. Drivers carrying large amounts of cash are also being targeted,” it mentioned.

Tracker knowledge signifies that:

  • Most automobiles are reported hijacked or stolen at the finish of the week;
  • Most hijackings are reported on Wednesday via to Friday and between the hours of 16h00 and 20h00;
  • Theft is principally reported on Wednesday via to Saturday and between the hours of 11h00 and 15h00.

Tracker’s knowledge exhibits that Gauteng nonetheless experiences the most automobile crime, with hijacking prevalent in Johannesburg and theft primarily occurring in Pretoria.

This is adopted by KwaZulu-Natal with Durban in the high spot for each hijacking and theft, and the Western Cape with hijacking primarily occurring in Mitchells Plain and theft in Cape Town.


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