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Tracker: Year’s data highlights high-risk hijack sites

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Tracker has completed its compilation of the past year’s (July 2018-June 2019) vehicle crime statistics from its units installed in 1.1-million vehicles across southern Africa.

That involves vehicle theft and hijacking and allows an insight into the time of day and day of the week when vehicle crime is most likely to occur pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

The data (read more detail below) has recorded the most-affected suburbs in Gauteng, kwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape provinces and detailed the most frequent crimes along with criminals’ techniques – which YOU should watch out for…

So, here we go… 

WHERE DOES IT HAPPEN MOST?

The most hijack activations happen on Fridays between 11am and 1pm and the night shift ‘jackers work from 8pm-11pm. While vehicles are activated for theft mainly on a Saturday between noon and 2pm. ”Activated”, Tracker says ”means Tracker initiated recovery action.

These statistics are unchanged from the previous year’s records.

Most activations – as a percentage of Tracker’s installed base – are in Gauteng, followed by kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape. Gauteng suburbs, the company says, are most-affected by hijacking (Kensington, Arcadia and Eldorado Park) and in Pretoria ( CBD, Arcadia and Sunnyside).

Most events in kwaZulu-Natal are in Sydenham, Imbali and Avoca Hills; theft is mostly reported in Glenwood, Morningside and Musgrave. Hotspots in the Western Cape are Philippi, Khayelitsha and Maitland for hijacking but Philippi, Claremont and Du Noon for theft.

Tracker says its records indicate criminals’ techniques are unchanged from the previous reported period though there has been an increase in hostage-taking during hijackings – to an average of 29%.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR…

What might alert you to a criminal event…

  • Criminals impersonating law enforcements officials – known as ‘blue light’ events.
  • Spiked drinks to take advantage of unsuspecting victims.
  • Vehicle theft using online selling platforms during which sellers hand over goods on receipt of a fake payment.

Most vehicle thefts, Tracker reports, involve stealing vehicles carrying fast-moving consumables. ”However,” the company says, ”there are instances for which they vehicle itself is the target.

Encouragingly, Tracker reports 5438 vehicles recovered, 1037 arrests and 50 firearms recovered for the year from July 2018-June 2019.

Ron Knott-Craig from Tracker SA’s operational Services told The Corner: ”Many people go about their regular driving activity on auto-pilot. Criminals recognise and take advantage of complacency. People should be alert and vigilant.

”Pay attention to your surroundings… it could happen to you.”

Should an incident occur:

  • Report it to your tracking company and the authorities as soon as possible.
  • Remember as much detail as possible to give to reaction forces… where it occurred, what the criminals were wearing, their general appearance, their vehicle, any names they might exchange…”

Crime Stop has an SAPS toll-free number. It can take, anonymously, reports of criminal activities on 08600 10111 or send an anonymous SMS to Crime Line on 32211.

PUT THE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE – N O W!

Modern tracking services, Tracker says, offer much more than just vehicle: there are many and various tracking devices and added services that offer greater care and protection for families that invest in them.

Premium services can monitor your car and deliver reports on standard risk events – such as when you’re entering a high-risk area. Inclusive services can allow a friend or relative to share, remotely, your journey and keep track of where you are.

Knott-Craig again: ”Today’s tracking services are an ideal solution for road travellers to protect their car and maintain personal safety.”

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