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Crime Statistics: Slight decline for cash-in-transit heists and car-hijackings

The trend of cash-in-transit heists is slowly declining.


Photo: Gallo Images / Netwerk24 / Jaco Marais

Ministry of Police released the 2018/2019 crime statistics, and the rate of deadly cash-in-transit heists in South Africa has declined significantly by 23,1%, and car-hijackings by 1,8%.

The robbery of cash-in-transit heists peaked at 358 reported cases in 2009/2010; this trend has been on a decline through the years, and it reached 183 reported cases in the 2018/2019 financial year.

Crime Statistics: Top three provinces for the cash-in-transit heists

Gauteng has been leading with 62 reported cases, proving a significant decline from the 82 cases reported in the previous year. The presence of South African Police Services and Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit has been felt in the province.

Eastern Cape shows a slight increase in cash-in-transit heists with 46 recorded cases in the past year, compared to the 23 reported cases in 2017/2018.

Mpumalanga has also shown a decline from 23 recorded cases in 2017/2018, to a steady 16 recorded cases of cash-in-transit heists.

The data also proves that 79 recorded cases of cash-in-transit heists occurred on the road, with criminals using firearms to strike. Most of the robberies occurred on a Monday, between 8:00 and 12:00. The second time-slot the heists were prevalent in, is during the rush hours of 16:00 to 20:00.

Crime Statistics: Car hijacking has decreased by 1,8%

Car hijacking has also experienced a slight decrease with a recorded 1,8% decline, however, Gauteng still leads with a recorded 7 776 reported cases.

Coming in second is Kwa-Zulu Natal, with 2 764 reported cases, showing a slight increase from the 2 698 reported cases in the 2017/2018 financial year.

Western Cape follows suit, recording 2 294 reported cases of car hijackings, proving a 5,1% increase from the previous year.

Car hijackings: Top 20 police stations with reported incidents

  1. Nyanga: Western Cape
  2. Booysens: Gauteng
  3. Kempton Park: Gauteng
  4. Vosloorus: Gauteng
  5. Delft: Western Cape
  6. Florida: Gauteng
  7. Gugulethu: Western Cape
  8. Umlazi Kwa-Zulu Natal
  9. Kwazakele: Eastern Cape
  10. Jeppe: Gauteng
  11. Khayelitsha WC
  12. Mfuleni: Western Cape
  13. Mamelodi East: Gauteng
  14. Alberton: Gauteng
  15. Moroka: Gauteng
  16. Mariannhill Kwa-Zulu Natal
  17. Alexandra Gauteng
  18. Harare: Western Cape
  19. Akasia: Gauteng
  20. Johannesburg Central

What types of vehicles are mostly hijacked?

The most hijacked cars are sedans or hatchbacks, as data proves 10 875 of these cars are hijacked. Bakkies come in second with 4 274 hijacked cars in the past year; trucks zoom in at the third spot for most hijacked vehicles with 1 124 reported cases.

Most of these hijacking occurrences take place in the township, as 15 098 incidents are recorded by the police.