- The SAPS crime statistics for 2017/18 has revealed that an average of 45 cars are hijacked on a daily basis in South Africa
- 16 325 cases of car hijacking were reported during the period which is actually a decrease of 2.3% from the previous year’s report
- Gauteng carries the dubious honour of being number one on the list and accounts for half of all car hijacking incidents in the country
The South African Police Services (SAPS) has released its 2017/18 crime statistics report. The report reveals that an average of 45 cars are hijacked in South Africa on a daily basis. The report shows 16 325 cases of car hijacking were reported which actually represents a 2.3% decrease from the previous year.
Gauteng carries the dubious honour of being number one on the list and accounts for nearly half of all reported hijacking incidents reported throughout the country. There were 8 296 reported cases in the province which equates to 23 cases per day.
KwaZulu-Natal came in second on the list with a total of 2 698 reported cases while the Western Cape came in third with a total of 2 182. Worth noting is that out of all nine provinces the top three provinces were the only ones to record a drop in hijacking incidents.
Briefly.co.za has rounded up the 16 worst affected areas for hijackings in South Africa during this period below. It is worth noting that these are the locations of the police stations where the incidents are reported.
1. Nyanga, Western Cape – 276 2. Jeppe, Gauteng – 262
3. Booysens, Gauteng – 198 4. Honeydew, Gauteng – 184
5. Moffatview, Gauteng – 195 6. Delft, Western Cape – 175
7. Johannesburg Central – 169 8. Kempton Park, Gauteng – 168
9. Vosloorus, Gauteng – 158 10. Tembisa, Gauteng – 156
11. Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal – 150 12. Khayelitsha, Western Cape – 144
13. Cleveland, Gauteng – 143 14. Dobsonville, Gauteng – 142
15. Kwazakele, Eastern Cape – 139 16. Moroka, Gauteng – 131
Businesstech.co.za reported that while car hijacking incidents, on the whole, have shown a slight decline, instances of truck hijackings have increased.
The overall decline of car hijackings seems to be a double-edged sword. The worst areas in the country have actually shown an increase in reported cases.
By law crimes in South Africa need to be reported to the police station closest to where the crime occurred. Experts say this allows for a fair assessment of crime trends in specific locations.
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