Official data released by Tracker on Monday reveals more about the murky world of hijacking crimes in South Africa, and the way these brazen criminals like to operate. The research, released just days after a South African Cities Network report concluded that carjackings were on the up, reveals some alarming trends.
The vehicle safety company took data from more than a million devices fitted to cars across South Africa. Based on figures recorded from July 2018 – June 2019, they were able to pinpoint where most hijacking attempts occur in the biggest provinces of the country. They even know the most popular times.
Statistically speaking, motorists of Mzansi are most likely to be involved in a hijacking on a Friday. There are two particularly popular timeslots to mention: 20:00 – 23:00, and surprisingly, 11:00 – 13:00. Committing daylight robbery isn’t something that fazes these thieves one bit.
It’s interesting to note that vehicle theft – as in, stealing cars that are parked up and empty at the point of robbery – is most likely to occur between 12:00 – 14:00 on a Saturday. So make sure you’ve locked up and parked securely when you’re out on the weekend.
|Province||Areas with the most hijackings||Areas with the most vehicle theft|
|Gauteng||Kensington, Arcadia and Sunnyside||Pretoria CBD, Arcadia and Sunnyside|
|KwaZulu-Natal||Sydenham, Imbali and Avoca Hills||Glenwood, Morningside and Musgave|
|Western Cape||Philippi, Khayelitsha and Maitland||Philippi, Claremont and Dunoon|
There’s not much luck for those of you who live in Arcadia or Sunnyside in Gauteng. That’s the same for Philippi residents, too. Not only are you the most likely to be the victim of a hijacking, but the chances of your car getting stolen are higher than anywhere else as well. It’s your classic double-whammy.
Interestingly enough, there is no overlap in KwaZulu-Natal – the hijacking hot-spots differ completely from the most popular areas for vehicle theft. A few other facts and figures have also been made available to the public, and they’re just as eye-opening:
Statistics shared by the South African Police Service revealed that more than 16 000 cars are hijacked from drivers despite increased technological reforms: Things like insurance and vehicle tracking companies make it tougher for carjackers to get away with this crime.
Judging by the number of cities which have vehicle theft rates above the national level, it would suggest that this particular crime is an urban problem and more visible in larger cities.