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Crime stats: Cars targeted for hijacking in South Africa

The majority of the cars being targeted for hijacking, are the most well-known among South African drivers, check the stats.

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New hijacking methods. Image: Istock

The South African Police Service (SAPS) reported the most recent quarterly crime data for the first quarter of 2023/24, from 1 April to 30 June 2023, noting that 5,488 cars were hijacked over the three-month span.

While there have been a slight decrease over the previous year. The trend from month to month is consistent with claims that insurers have seen.

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What is Santam saying?

Over the past 18 months, Santam has noticed an increase in crime-related vehicle claims. For theft and hijacking, particularly for high-value automobiles.

According to Philippa Wild, chief underwriting officer of Santam, “Santam has also observed a trend in the theft of specific keyless vehicles through being hijacked and car jamming methods.”

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Wahl Bartmann, CEO of the Fidelity Services group said, the decrease in carjacking incidents is a good sign. Nevertheless it does not mean that hijackings are no longer occurring at worrisome rates.

Cars targeted for hijacking:

The majority of the cars being targeted, he continued, are the most well-known among South African drivers, including:

  • VW Polo
  • Toyota Hilux
  • Toyota Etios
  • Ford ranger
  • Toyota Fortuner
  • Nissan NP200

According to Bartmann, Toyota Prados and Landcruisers are two of the most widely used car brands by thieves. Hilux and Fortuner GD6 versions are still favored, nevertheless.

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The SAPS statistics, which indicated that sedans, hatchbacks, and coupes accounted for 2,591 of the vehicles hijacked. Followed by bakkies, which accounted for 1,582, is further evidence of this pattern of targeting popular hatchbacks and bakkies. This tendency was emphasized by Fidelity ADT.

In the first quarter of 2023–2024, these vehicle categories accounted for 47% and 29% of all hijacked vehicles, respectively.

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