South African Crime Statistics September 2016

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Latest crime stats impact car owners – 14% INCREASE IN HIGHJACKING RATES

Minister Jeff Radebe, recently announced that the South African crime statistics will now be released every quarter, with one consolidated report being released annually, in an effort to keep citizens informed and government able to respond to trends more rapidly, to contribute to building safer communities.

The socio-economic impact of economic stress as a result of the slowdown in economic growth, rising unemployment and a deterioration in the regard for the rule of law, has resulted in increased crime across most categories.

In terms of vehicle crime, hijacking has increased by 14% , with 14,600 reported between 2015-2016, compared to 12,770 in the previous period. Statistically, this shows that 40 cars are hijacked every day in South Africa or roughly one car every 36 minutes. Unfortunately for South African drivers, the figures for driving under the influence is also up 11,1%.

Crime by area  – Hijacking

Nyanga in the Western Cape has emerged as the worst precinct in the country for hijacking, overtaking Booysens which held the top New entries into the ‘worst 10’ include Soshanguve, Yeoville and Kagiso in Gauteng, and Kwazakele in the Eastern Cape. The 10 worst precincts account for 12% of total carjacking cases.

Gauteng accounts for over half (50.5%) of all reported car hijackings – with 7,376 cases, and 58.% of all reported truck hijackings, with 695 cases. The province is also the worst when it comes to theft of cars and motorcycles – referring to cases where cars have been stolen while unoccupied – with 26,646 cases.

Crime by area – Vehicle theft

Vehicle theft is far more common than hijacking, with the SAPS reporting 53,809 cases in 2016. Honeydew, in Gauteng, has maintained its place as the worst area for vehicle theft in the country, with Berea in KZN moving up to second place. New areas in the 2016 ‘worst 10’ include Linden, Boksburg North, Krugersdorp and Brixton. The 10 worst precincts account for 11.1% of all vehicle theft crimes.

Crime by area – Truck Jacking

Heidelberg in Gauteng remained the worst precinct for truck hijackings, though the number of cases is down from 2015. New entries into the ‘worst 10’ include Vosloorus, Bedfordview, Ogies, Boksburg North and Grootvlei.  46% of all truck hijackings in the country take place in these 10 precincts.

Protection against vehicle crime

Vehicle crime has a direct, financial impact on the economy, leading to higher insurance premiums and financial loss.  With Cartrack’s 94% recovery rate, you can protect yourself against vehicle crime.

Protection against vehicle crime

Vehicle crime has a direct, financial impact on the economy, leading to higher insurance premiums and financial loss.  With Cartrack’s 94% recovery rate, you can protect yourself against vehicle crime.

Read more: Tips on how not to become a statistic / hijacking victim

Cartrack offers a range of Stolen Vehicle Recovery products designed to meet the realities of modern day anti-theft and vehicle recovery. The Cartrack system uses the GSM network as its primary communication platform – the most extensive network currently available to the vehicle tracking industry. The combination of this technology, as well as RF technology allows for the immediate location and real-time tracking of your vehicle.

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