JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July-December 2020 have shown a 13% decrease against the same period the previous year.
The data shows Tracker’s more than 1.1-million installed vehicle base showed theft down by 21% and hijacking by five percent against the same period in 2019.
Hijacking was more common than than theft – a 53/47% split and so Tracker has encouraged greater vigilance by drivers. ”The slant towards hijacking is most likely an opportunistic with a noticeable increase in vehicles targeted for their loads – particularly fast-moving consumable goods.
”Drivers carrying large amounts of cash were also targeted.”
HERE’S THE GENERAL CRIME SPREAD
Tracker told The Corner in a media release that data indicated most vehicles were reported hijacked or stolen in the second half of the business week – Wednesday through Friday between 4pm and 8pm. Theft was mainly reported on Wednesday through Saturday between 11am and 3pm.
Provinces and towns most affected by vehicle crime remained similar to past indices: Gauteng still has the most vehicle crime, with hijacking prevalent in Johannesburg and theft mainly in Pretoria. kwaZulu-Natal – particularly Durban – was the top spot for hijacking and theft.
Down in the Western Cape hijacking mostly happened in Mitchells Plain, theft in Cape Town.
Other hijacking hotspots, Tracker reported, included eMalahleni in Mpumalanga, Motherwell (Eastern Cape), Rustenburg (North West), Dennilton (Limpopo) and Bloemfontein (Free State).
13 FIREARMS CONFISCATED
Other theft hot-spots include eMalahleni (Mpumalanga), Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape), Rustenburg (North West), Polokwane (Limpopo), Bloemfontein (Free State) and Kimberley (Northern Cape).
Tracker’s efforts to combat vehicle crime resulted in 2949 vehicle recoveries, 397 arrests, and the recovery of 13 guns through the six months.
Ron Knott-Craig, Tracker’s operations executive, told The Corner: “The decrease in vehicle crime could be attributed to fewer vehicles being on the road thanks to Covid restrictions but we must not become complacent.
…AND SOME SIMPLE ADVICE
”Be vigilant about your surroundings when driving. Be alert and on the look-out for suspicious people or vehicles – avoid distractions such as talking on your cellphone and always try to park your vehicle in a properly secured parking area.
”Double-check that your vehicles doors are properly locked before leaving it.”